Fire Marshal to Residents: Use Caution While Open Burning Over Next Several Days

Published Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 11:21 am

Fire officials in Watauga County are urging residents to use caution while open burning over the next several days. With low humidity and high wind gusts, this weather allows for a fire to quickly spread out of control. Although a burning ban is not currently in place, fire officials encourage open burning to be delayed until weather conditions improve.

During open burning, remember to:

  • Burn only approved materials which consist of natural vegetation. No construction materials or lumber is allowed to be burned.
  • Obtain a burning permit before conducting open burning.
  • Always stay with the fire, never leave it unattended.
  • If you realize the fire is spreading out of control immediately dial 911.

For the complete set of rules and regulations for open burning visit

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