Burn ban issued for Dare County due to ‘flash drought’

Smoke from a controlled burn at Nags Heads Woods Preserve this spring.[Courtesy Nags Head Woods Preserve]

A burn ban is in effect for Dare County until further notice due to what meteorologists are calling a “flash drought.”

All county burning permits are also cancelled.

During the first 24 hours of the ban, anyone who is caught burning may be issued either a warning ticket or a citation. After 5 p.m. today, May 31, anyone caught violating the burn ban will be receiving an automatic citation, N.C. Forest Service ranger John A. Van Riper said in a news release.

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