“This is critical, we are at our highest alert status. People need to be very careful and remember the burn ban that is in effect.” Those are the words of Dennis Wahlers of the North Carolina Forest Service. Wahlers says a fire earlier in the week just off Liledoun Road charred about 2 acres of wooded area. The fire was caused as the result of a campfire left unattended. So far the culprit has not been found but they face prosecution if they are identified.
A fire in neighboring Caldwell County has destroyed about 60 acres and one in Wilkes around 10 acres. A number of fires in Western North Carolina continue to burn and conditions are not getting better anytime soon. Low humidity levels continue to compound the problem and the colder nights means more leaves will be falling as well.
All issued burning permits have been suspended and none will be issued until further notice.