Updated: Concord Fire Marshal, State issue burning bans
Thursday, November 17, 2016

UPDATED NOVEMBER 22, 2016: Please note the NC Commissioner of Agriculture has banned open burning and cancelled all burning permits for 22 additional counties in Western North Carolina, including Cabarrus County. Last week’s action by the Concord and Cabarrus County Fire Marshals banned open burning within their jurisdictional areas (within 100 feet of occupied dwellings). The State’s action extends the ban to all other property in the county. Complying with this action is not only required, but also critical to mitigate the increased drought and fire risk in our area.

The ban still does not apply to cooking fires, however the Concord Fire Department urges the community to use SAFE cooking practices over the Thanksgiving Holiday. Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, and frying food has the greatest risk. Two-thirds of home cooking fires start from burning food or cooking materials. More than half of home cooking fire injuries happen when people try to fight the fire themselves.

We hope everyone thinks twice before using a turkey fryer. Consider using an outdoor cooking appliance that does not use oil or leave the frying to professional establishments. If you do fry a turkey, remember:

  • Completely thaw and dry the turkey before cooking;
  • Never use a turkey fryer in, on or under a garage, breezeway, porch or any structure that can catch fire;
  • If oil begins to smoke, immediately turn off gas supply; and
  • If a fire occurs, call 911.

CONCORD– The City of Concord joins Cabarrus County in prohibiting all burning within 100 feet of a structure, including residences. This local ban is effective within City of Concord corporate limits until further notice. Anyone in violation of the burning ban could receive a citation or fine.

Open burning includes: burning of leaves, branches and other plant material, in addition to the use of recreational fires, bonfires and outdoor fireplaces. The ban does not apply to cooking fires, such as grills or outdoor cookers.

In all cases, it is illegal to burn trash, lumber, tires, newspapers, plastics, or other non-vegetative materials. Residents should be especially careful with any potential ignition sources such as cigarettes or sparks from lawn equipment.

On Wednesday, the City of Concord provided notice that all existing burn permits were void, and that no new permits would be issued until further notice, in response to drought conditions and increased fire risk. Wednesday’s statement also requested voluntary compliance with refraining from outdoor fires typically not requiring approval by permit.

This is an evolving situation. The public is reminded that Concord is subject to decisions made by the North Carolina Forest Service. For information about State burn bans, visit The North Carolina Forest Service also has coordinated information about active wildfire incidents available on its Situation Report page.

For information on air quality and the impact of wildfires, visit NC Air Quality Forecast Center website. For additional information about open burning or fire prevention call the Fire Marshal's Office at 704-920-5517.

Previous statement: Concord Fire Marshal restricts burning due to drought conditions