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.