Buncombe County state of emergency and burn ban remain in effect

Press release from Buncombe County Government

As wildfires continue to pop up in Western North Carolina and local conditions remain high for extreme fire danger, Buncombe County remains under a State of Emergency with a burn ban in effect. This burn ban is being enforced – no burning is allowed in Buncombe County or in any of its municipalities, even if it is raining. Under this State of Emergency, all outdoor burning is prohibited, including fire pits, campfires, tiki torches and chimineas. Only the preparation of food using outdoor grills is allowed. To report illegal burning, please call 911.

Buncombe County GIS has developed a map layer for tracking wildfires. This wildfire layer provides a near real-time view of the data being shared through the Integrated Reporting of Wildland-Fire Information (IRWIN) service. IRWIN provides data exchange capabilities between participating wildfire systems, including federal, state, and local agencies. Data is synchronized across participating organizations to make sure the most current information is available. The display of the points is based on the NWCG Fire Size Classification applied to the daily acres attribute.

You can find this map here.

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