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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The N.C. Forest Service is telling residents to avoid burning yard waste and other debris until there’s some significant rainfall.

Humidity levels across the state are low, and projected increases in moisture may not be enough to prevent debris from igniting if an ember lands in it.

Forest Service statistics show there have been more than 600 wildfires across North Carolina in November, and debris burning is the No. 1 cause of wildfires in the state.

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says people who determine that burning debris is necessary should contact their county forest ranger. The ranger can offer technical advice and explain the best options to maximize the safety of people, property and the forest.

Credit: The Associated Press