RALEIGH – Effective at noon Monday, April 13, the N.C. Forest Service has lifted a ban on all open burning in Haywood and 31 other western counties.
The burn ban went into effect on April 3 due to hazardous forest fire conditions in the area.
While burn permits are now available, N.C. Forest Service officials continue to urge residents to reconsider burning yard debris through the end of May as careless debris burning is the leading cause of wildfires in North Carolina.
At this time, burn permits are being issued online only while NCFS office locations remain temporarily closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
All burn permits previously granted for the 32 counties affected by this burn ban were canceled when the ban became effective. New burn permit applications must be submitted online at www.ncforestservice.gov/burnpermit.