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March 05, 2024

Burning ban ends, caution urged

Due to recent precipitation and decreased fire danger, Steve Troxler, Commissioner of the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, has rescinded the restriction on open burning for Alexander, Caldwell, Catawba, Iredell, Wilkes, and 24 other counties effective at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2023.

“While recent rainfall has decreased fire danger and provided some relief from persistent dry conditions, I can’t stress enough how important it is for the public to be careful, ready and responsible when burning outdoors,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Almost all wildfires in this state are human-caused, which means most wildfires in this state are preventable. Do your part. Check for restrictions before burning. Get a valid permit. Check the weather, and never leave any outdoor fire unattended.”


As of 5 p.m., burn permits are available in all counties. You can obtain a burn permit from any open authorized permitting agent or online at All burn permits previously granted in the 30 counties affected by this burn ban were canceled when the ban became effective. A new, valid permit must be obtained.


Residents with questions regarding their specific county can contact their N.C. Forest Service county ranger or their county fire marshal’s office. To contact the NCFS Alexander County Ranger, call 828-632-5810.

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