Hazy: Controlled Burns Fill Sky With Smoke
Ideal burn conditions this week may leave many in Moore County feeling a bit hazy.
Smoke from at least two controlled burns filled the air much of the day Tuesday. Conditions were particularly hazy in Pinehurst, where fire officials said they received numerous calls from concerned residents.
Officials with the Walthour-Moss Foundation said that a controlled burn of 150 acres was conducted on their property Tuesday.
The other controlled burn was on a 50-acre site off Derby Road, said Billy Lewis, a county ranger with the state Forest Service.
Lewis said conditions on Tuesday were good for burning because the area had recently received a lot of rain, and winds were calm.
“But people need to use caution,” he said. “Conditions can change from good to bad overnight.”
Landon Russell, executive director of the Walthour-Moss Foundation, said they burn about 1,000 acres a year.
Because burning can cause or aggravate serious health conditions and pollute the air, the state regulates burning. Only leaves, branches or other plant growth can be burned.
For more information about controlled burns, visit the state Forest Service website, at ncforestservice.gov.
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