Dry Weather Alert – Avoid Fires and Water Plants

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Avoid Wildfires

Rain has been scarce through late November.

“It is fall wildfire season in North Carolina, and we are seeing wildfire activity increase due to dry conditions,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “With these ongoing conditions, a statewide burn ban is necessary to reduce the risk of fires starting and spreading quickly. Our top priority is always to protect lives, property and forestland across the state.”

The Wildland/Urban Interface (WUI) is defined as the area where homes and communities meet or intermingle with undeveloped wildland vegetation. Wildfires that occur in the WUI can be extremely dangerous or destructive to lives and property.
As development has increased in North Carolina over the past few decades, a large number of homes and communities have been built in Wildland/Urban Interface areas, increasing their risk for exposure to wildfire.
While many people think of western states such as California as being particularly prone to wildfire destruction, the problem also exists in North Carolina. Make your home FIREWISE.

burn ban

Trees/Shrubs Need Water

If you have recently planted trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials or containers, you should water regularly. This includes trees planted last year. Warm dry weather can dry out recently planted plants. Plants need the equivalent of one inch of rainfall per week.

watering newly planted tree