Spring wildfire season underway in North Carolina

  • Source: WNCN-TV CBS 17 Raleigh
  • Published: 03/17/2023 12:00 AM

Dry, windy weather is a recipe for disaster when it comes to fire danger and unfortunately, those conditions were in place again Wednesday. So far this year, 3,500 acres have already burned due to wildfires in North Carolina, including the one that burned more than 300 acres in Cumberland County at the beginning of March. Philip Jackson with the North Carolina Forest Service says with conditions like this, it doesn’t take much for wildfires to get out of control. “As the weather patterns transition from the cooler temperatures to the warmer temperatures, fire environment and fuel conditions are a perfect storm for wildfires,” he explained. He says last year, North Carolina had 6,400 wildfires that burned more than 24,000 acres, but 99 percent of those fires in some way were caused by humans.


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