GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – According to the North Carolina Forest Service, an average of 4,000 wildfires affect the state every year.
“It’s fire season in this part of North Carolina. You start getting the higher winds, higher temperatures, low humidity,” said Bryan Robinson, assistant county ranger for the NC Forest Service.
One of the biggest causes of wildfires include burns that aren’t put out completely. That’s why it’s crucial that you have a shovel or a rake, and a bucket of water so the fire can be put out appropriately.
Make sure to stir the coals with a rake or shovel and keep an eye on it until all of the hot spots are out. Robinson says the most common call they get is from people burning trash or yard debris that have fires get away from them.
“There’s no telling what might happen. You could cause the woods to catch on fire, in the spring before the grass greens up, it could spread. It could end up catching your house on fire, your neighbor’s house on fire. There’s a lot of danger in it,” said Robinson.
The danger is there if burning isn’t done responsibly.
“Pay attention to the weather. When it’s hot, dry, low humidity, winds are blowing, try not to burn then,” added Robinson.
Pitt County offers 14 trash collection and recycling centers for county residents. Disposing of trash, yard waste, even cooking and motor oil without burning is one of the best ways you can prevent wildfires.
Check with your area to see if they offer similar trash disposal and recycling programs.
The National Weather Service issues alerts on high fire danger days when burning is not recommended.