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Burn Ban Lifted

NEWTON, N.C. (Dec. 5, 2016)–Fire experts with the N.C. Forest Service say recent rains have reduced fire danger in the North Carolina mountains and foothills, prompting the agency to lift a ban on open burning for 32 counties–including Catawba County–effective at 5 p.m. Dec. 2.

Although the ban has been lifted, residents are urged to use caution when starting open fires.

The burn ban was issued for North Carolina’s 25 westernmost counties on Nov. 7. An additional 22 counties were added Nov. 21 as drought conditions worsened in the mountains and spread into the Piedmont. Wildfires have burned more than 73,000 acres in Western North Carolina this fall.

For more information, please call the Newton Fire Department at 828-695-4314.