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Montgomery County Burn Ban on Open Burning - Effective December 1, 2021

Montgomery County, NC: Effective at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 1, 2021, Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office has issued a local burn ban on ALL open burning in the all areas of Montgomery County (NC Fire Code 307.1.1).  The burning ban does not apply to charcoal or gas grills provided fire safety precautions are taken.

A State burn ban was issued by North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services due to hazardous forest fire conditions, using authority under the law (NC G.S. 106-944 & 106-946) to cancel all burning permits and prohibit all open burning.

“It is fall wildfire season in North Carolina, and we are seeing wildfire activity increase due to dry conditions,” Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said in a press release. “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.” A person responsible for setting the fire may be liable for any expenses related to extinguishing the fire.

The N.C. Forest Service and Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s office will continue to monitor conditions. The burn ban will remain in place until further notice. For questions about the burn ban please contact the Montgomery County Office at 910-576-4221.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What is open burning?

A: Open burning includes burning leaves, branches, or other plant material. In all cases, burning trash, lumber, tires, newspapers, plastics, or other non-vegetative material is illegal.


Q: How should I report a wildfire?

A: Call 911 to report a wildfire.


Q: How should I report a person who intentionally starts a wildfire?

A: Call 911 to report a wildfire.


Steven A. Barker,CFI

Fire Inspector - Montgomery County Fire Inspections Office