N.C. officials advise against burning yard debris

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina Forest Service is encouraging residents not to burn yard debris because of an increased chance of fire.

Despite recent rainfall on portions of the state, the National Weather Service and the state forest service are forecasting increased fire danger for the entire state Friday.

That’s because of high pressure coming from the north that will usher in much dryer air. The relative humidity levels are expected to drop across most of the state, and the northwest winds will average 15 mph with gusts to near 20 mph.

So far this year, more than 1,160 wildfires have burned more than 4,300 acres in North Carolina.

Credit: The Associated Press.