ASHEBORO N.C. – Despite warnings from the North Carolina Forest Service of a High fire danger yesterday, fire crews across the county responded to at least six out of control fires.
Yesterday the North Carolina Forest Service warned of an increased fire danger resulting from warm and dry conditions with low humidity and winds of 10 to 15 mph that were gusting as high as 20 and 25 mph. Their warning said that outdoor burning was highly discouraged, but did not go as far as banning outdoor burning.
Some people who were either unaware of the fire danger or thought they could burn safely quickly found themselves calling 911. Fire crews in Randolph County respond to 6 out of control woods and brush fires in Asheboro, Randleman, and Liberty.
Two fires were called in on the eastern side of the county at near the same time. One of those fires was on Pine Lakes Dr in which a fire spread to trees and grass nearby, damaging an outbuilding, and threatening two homes. The same story was happening on Kennedy Country Dr where an out of control fire threatened a home. Those two fires tied up crews from several departments.
So far this month (through March 2nd 2022) the North Carolina Forestry Service is reporting 112 fires burning a total of 197 acres. Officials are urging all citizens to be aware of increased fire danger and conduct fires in a responsible and safe manner.