The North Carolina Forest Service announced on Oct. 10 that the fall wildfire season has started in North Carolina and that people should take precautions during recreational burning.
The NCFS works to provide and protect valuable forest resources and runs programs for wildfire prevention and reforestation.
Mark Bost, the NCFS district forester for District 10, which includes Guilford, Forsyth and Yadkin counties, said that when the district checked the soil recently, it was very dry.
This raised some concerns, he said, especially going into November when leaves start falling off of trees and another layer of fuel is available to burn.
Duane Truslow, the NCFS district forester for District 2, which includes much of northwestern North Carolina, said the district looks like it will have a relatively normal fire season.
Lemuel Hubbard, a lieutenant for the Raleigh Fire Department and fire education and fire prevention coordinator, said fires often begin through cigarettes or unmaintained fire pits.
Hubbard added people often only think about large wildfires that burn multiple acres.
“Those are wildfires, but we do have smaller wildfires that can easily burn within your community,” he said.
The best way to combat wildfires is to prep your home for certain things that can cause wildfires, Hubbard said.