Griffith Fire Dept
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Location: Forsyth County-Winston-Salem-Greensboro-High Point, NC
Today, 11/22/2016: Good - 46 AQI - Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)
Tomorrow, 11/23/2016: Moderate - 64 AQI - Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)
Agency: Forsyth County Office of Environmental Assistance and Protection
Last Update: Tue, 22 Nov 2016 01:15:12 EST
Air Quality Forcast For the TRIAD AREA
North Carolina Wildfires
Several Departments from Forsyth and Davidson county have went to assist the NC Forestry Service in efforts to contain the numerous wildfires occurring in the western part of the state. Please remember these firefighters as they endure long strenuous days trying to protect lives and property and their families as they've sacrificed loved ones during this holiday season to protect others.
As of Nov 21 2016 from the North Carolina Forestry Service Website the following info has been released :
RALEIGH – Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler today banned open burning and canceled all burning permits for 22 more counties in Western North Carolina. Added to the list are Alleghany, Anson, Ashe, Cabarrus, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Randolph, Richmond, Rockingham, Rowan, Stanly, Stokes, Surry, Union, Wilkes and Yadkin counties.
The burning ban will take effect at 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 21, and will be in effect until further notice.
Under North Carolina law, the ban prohibits all open burning in the affected counties, regardless of whether a permit was issued. The issuance of any new permits also has been suspended until the ban is lifted. Violation of the ban carries a $100 fine plus court costs of $180.
“The fuels cannot get any drier,” said John Cook, a Fire Behavior Analyst on the Party Rock Fire. “They are at historically dry levels right now, and humidity levels have been very low as well.” No rain is in the forecast for Tuesday with only a chance of showers on Wednesday, therefore everyone is asked to use extreme caution with anything that could cause another fire. Two new wildfires were reported in McDowell County over the weekend.
Because of the continued progress on the Party Rock Fire, resources are now being released to other fires or to return home. No further donations of any kind are needed to support the remaining fire fighters. The Brandon Incident Management Team would like to extend a special thank you to the citizens of the Lake Lure and Chimney Rock Village communities and surrounding areas for their outpouring of generosity to those involved with fighting the Party Rock Fire.
If you burn outdoors make sure weather conditions will not allow it to spread and that you keep a careful eye on it with tools such as water and a shovel at hand. Please also ensure that your county is not under the open burning ban. Please visit: http://ncforestservice.gov/news_pubs/newsdesk_2016.htm for further info.