Fall fire season is here, backyard burning the #1 cause of wildfires in NC
With fall wildfire season near, the N.C. Forest Service is reminding people to be careful when burning.
Officials say peak months for the fall fire season are October through early December and fires left unattended can get out of hand quickly, becoming wildfires that may threaten lives and property.
Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler says escaped fires due to careless backyard burning continue to be the leading cause of wildfires in North Carolina.
Last year there were nearly 7,000 wildfires that burned about 27,000 acres in North Carolina, and he said only 1% of them were directly linked to a natural ignition source like lightning. The other 99% were directly related to human activity.
Troxler added that some of the state’s most intense wildfires during the fall of 2021 were caused by escaped campfires.