Don't burn

State officials issue yard waste, debris warning
Dec. 04, 2012 @ 04:34 PM

The dry conditions from a recent spell of lagging rain has state officials warning people to avoid burning yard waste and other debris.
The N.C. Forest Service reports that more than 600 wildfires happened across the state last month.
“Protect our natural resources by acting safely; don’t burn on dry, windy days, and maintain a careful watch over a fire until it is extinguished,” said state Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler.
There’s no chance of substantial rain in the greater High Point area at least through early next week.
The Piedmont may receive a small amount of rain today from a cold front pushing across the country from the Midwest, said Mike Moneypenny, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service out of Raleigh.
“While it’s not going to produce a lot of rain, we should see cloudy skies and a little cooler. There’s a high probability of precipitation, but the amounts aren’t going to be that great,” Moneypenny said Tuesday.
After today, the next system that might produce rain wouldn’t arrive in the central Piedmont until early next week, he said.
“It’s difficult to tell right now whether or not that system is going to be substantial,” Moneypenny told The High Point Enterprise.
Weather service specialists recorded 0.24 inches of rain at Piedmont Triad International Airport last month, far below the normal 3.01 inches of precipitation for a normal November.
The Piedmont recently suffered two wildfires that were fueled by dry conditions.
Last month, 675 acres burned on Pilot Mountain in Surry County after a controlled burn flared up and spread. After several days, crews got the blaze under control on Nov. 14.
Last week, a fire charred more than 100 acres on Bald Mountain in southern Davidson County near Denton. The fire was so large that smoke from the blaze reached parts of High Point.
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