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Dry conditions prompt burning ban in Cabarrus

CONCORD —The Cabarrus County fire marshal has issued a burning ban that prohibits burning within 100 feet of a structure. The ban is effective in all unincorporated areas of Cabarrus County, beginning today, until further notice.

Any previously issued burning permits are now invalid and fires should be extinguished immediately. This includes any outdoor burning at a residence. Anyone in violation of the burning ban could receive a citation or fine.

The issuance of new burning permits is also suspended.

The open burning ban is authorized by the state and local codes to help prevent the potential for increased wildfires due to extremely dry weather conditions within the county.

Open burning includes burning of leaves, branches and other plant material, in addition to the use of recreational fires, bonfires and outdoor fireplaces.

The ban does not apply to cooking fires, such as grills or outdoor cookers.

In all cases, it is illegal to burn trash, lumber, tires, newspapers, plastics or other non-vegetative materials. Residents should be especially careful with any potential ignition sources such as cigarettes or sparks from lawn equipment.

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