Update: Concord Fire Marshal lifts burning ban, emphasizes caution
Monday, December 5, 2016

CONCORD – The City of Concord joins Cabarrus County in lifting a burning ban that previously prohibited burning within 100 feet of a structure. This is effective immediately within City of Concord corporate limits. In addition, the State of North Carolina lifted its open burning ban in Cabarrus and 31 other counties effective 5:00 p.m. Friday, December 2.

As a reminder, with few exceptions open burning is always prohibited within the City of Concord corporate limits, including the burning of leaves, branches and other plant based materials. It is also illegal to burn trash, lumber, tires, newspapers, plastics or other non-vegetation materials.

The Concord Fire Marshal’s office has a permit process available to approve certain types of burning within City limits. Any previously issued burning permits were invalidated on November 16 and the Fire Department ceased issuing new permits. With the burning ban lifted, residents wishing to burn certain specified materials are now able to reapply for a new permit.

Even though we have received rainfall over the last week, Concord remains in a moderate drought. Citizens are urged to still take additional precautions to ensure permitted cooking fires,
recreational fires, bonfires, and outdoor fireplaces are attended at all times and a means of extinguishment is provided on the property in which the burning is occurring.

For more information, please contact the Concord Fire Marshal's Office at 704-920-5517.

Previous statements:
November 16: Concord Fire Marshal restricts burning due to drought conditions
November 17: Concord Fire Marshal issues burning ban
November 22: NC Commissioner of Agriculture bans open burning