Fire Officials Warn Against Burning Today

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The NC Forest Service and the Watauga County Fire Marshal’s Office recommend that due to the dry weather and strong winds open burning should be postponed until after 4PM today (Wednesday April 1) or until Watauga County gets some significant rainfall.

Currently there is a wildland urban fire in the Ridgecrest area of Buncombe County that started yesterday afternoon and has burned 500+ acres and damaged 5 homes and destroyed one and is not contained according to news reports. If you do burn Officials say to get a permit and have a water hose or other firefighting equipment available and to stay with the fire until completely out.

If you have questions contact your local fire department NC Forest Service 265-5375 or Watauga County Fire Marshals Office 264-4235

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