Lincoln, Catawba County issue burning ban due to dry conditions

The State of North Carolina Forest Service, the Lincoln County Fire Marshall's Office and the Catawba County Fire Marshal's Office issued burning bans countywide on Monday and Tuesday.

The ban prohibits all open burning regardless of whether a permit was previously issued or not. New permits will be suspended until the ban is over.

  • This burning ban does not apply to cooking fires such as grills or outdoor cookers.
  • Open burning includes burning leaves, branches and other plant material. In all cases, it is illegal to burn trash, lumber, tires, newspapers, plastics or other non-vegetative materials.
  • Violation of this burning ban carries a $100.00 fine plus court costs of $180.00

If anyone has any questions or concerns they may contact the Lincoln County Forest Ranger at (704) 922-0719, the Lincoln County Fire Marshal’s Office at (704) 736-8516 or their local fire department. Or call Catawba County Emergency Services at (828) 465-8230. If you see an outside fire or someone violating the burning ban you may contact 911 for authorities to be sent out for an investigation.