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Compliance & Enforcement >> Open Burning

The Open Burning Rule is one of North Carolina's oldest air quality regulations, first adopted in 1971. The rule prohibits most outdoor burning and sets conditions for allowable fires. Under the rule, it is always illegal to burn trash and other non-vegetative materials. Leaves, branches and other plant growth can be burned under certain conditions. Violators can be fined up to $25,000 or more.

NOTE: The N.C. General Assembly has amended restrictions on the transport of vegetative matter for outdoor burning. Under the change, vegetation from land-clearing operations may now be transported off-site and burned in another location under certain circumstances. Such burning may be allowed if the material is: burned not more than four times a year, located at least 500 feet from occupied buildings, and contains no more than two piles less than 20 feet in diameter. More details can be viewed in in 15A NCAC 02D .1903 Sect. 28 (Open Burning Without an Air Quality Permit).

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Press Releases

News about open burning.

Publications and Other Information
View or download brochures, fact sheets, presentations, and other information about North Carolina's Open Burning Rule.
Burning Questions
View a list of questions and answers about open burning and associated policies in North Carolina.
Regulations [PDF] [Text]
View the contents of North Carolina's Open Burning Rule (15 NCAC 2D .1900).
Setback Waivers
Download and submit forms to the DAQ for consideration to burn land clearing debris within 500 feet of occupied dwellings.
Firefighter Information
Download fire training forms and other fire department related information.
Toll-Free Open Burning Hotline
1-877 OPEN BURN (1-877-673-6287)
 

 Click for Photo Examples of Illegal Open Burning

Teachers and Students
Teachers and students can learn more about the dangers of open burning to both our environment and our health in this section. Teachers will find three fun, engaging, and student-centered classroom activities that they can easily bring into their classrooms. Click to learn more about the "Breathe, Don't Burn' Project.

Additional Links
Follow this link to find more information on open burning from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, North Carolina Forest Service, and N.C. Division of Pollution Prevention & Environmental Assistance. EPA has much information on the health and environmental effects of smoke from open burning. Forest Resources issues burn permits and fire danger alerts.

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Last Modified: Mon November 18 15:37:42 2013
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