The U.S. Forest Service today asked visitors and residents near the Pisgah, Nantahala, Uwharrie and Croatan National Forests to help prevent wildfires this fall.
In the past week, debris burning and unattended campfires ignited several small wildfires that were quickly extinguished in the mountains and piedmont of North Carolina. With dry forest conditions persisting in parts of the state, Forest Service officials are asking the public to be extra careful when starting campfires in or burning debris near national forests.
Practice the following steps to help prevent wildfires:
* Stay with your fire until it is completely out.
* Always consider alternatives to burning debris.
* Check the weather - don't burn on dry, windy days.
* Know your local burning laws.
* Be prepared with water, a shovel and phone.