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UPDATE (4-3-2020) by Amanda Dixon: The Creedmoor Volunteer Fire Department responded to a brush fire on Brassfield Road on Friday, April 3.

Fire department officials said that despite gusty winds, firefighters were able to contain the fire, which was  close to the highway.

The National Weather Service  warned of  increased fire danger Friday due to low humidity and wind gusts up to 25 mph.

Officials strongly discourage outdoor burning.


ORIGINAL STORY:

RALEIGH — N.C. Forest Service officials urge citizens to reconsider burning yard debris through the end of May, which historically marks the end of spring wildfire season in North Carolina.

The service asks citizens to consider alternatives to burning. Some types of debris, such as leaves, grass and stubble, may be of more value if they are not burned but used for mulch instead.

“In North Carolina, most wildfires are caused by human action and careless debris burning. When left unattended, debris burns can escape, igniting tragic wildfires,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler.

“Minimizing the number of escaped debris burns will reduce the risk of wildfires while also reducing the risk of community exposure to COVID-19 by allowing first responders to limit close-contact interactions and maintain social distance.”

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the N.C. Forest Service continues mission critical work such as wildfire suppression and other emergency response functions.

The National Weather Service warned of increased fire danger on Friday.

Several wildfires last month burned 18 acres across Granville County, officials said. The largest was a 15-acre blaze near Brassfield on March 9. That fire originated from a burning pile of debris, officials said.

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