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City, county end burn bans after weekend rains

06 December 2016
City, county end burn bans after weekend rains

The rain last week not only helped assuage the ferocity of the brush fires in East Tennessee, but also lowered the level of fire risk in Williamson County.

Outdoor open burns are allowed again in Danville and Pittsylvania County after weekend rains. "However, people should continue to use caution with campfires and when burning yard debris".

Anyone who wants to burn yard debris will need to apply for a burn permit, even if one had already been issued prior to the ban, according to the Forest Service. You can obtain a burning permit at any N.C. Forest Service office, a county-approved burning permit agent, or online at http://ncforestservice.gov. Don't burn if conditions are dry or windy. Burning of garbage and man made materials is prohibited. Wildfires move very rapidly and can severely burn you. Keep fire tools ready.

Wildfires have burned more than 73,000 acres in western North Carolina this fall.