GUILDFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- Here in the Triad, the haze in the sky means any type of burning is exceptionally dangerous. A burn ban kicked in as soon as the air quality dropped to Code Orange.
Nancy Blackwood works with the North Carolina Forest Service. Since it's so dry and potentially windy this weekend, she is worried a small fire will get out of control. Half of her local team went out west to help with the fires.
"We are spread very thin and that's the biggest reason why we are asking people not to do any kind of burning,” Blackwood said.
Mike Jobe lives in Oak Ridge. He usually burns debris twice a year.
"It hasn't rained in a month,” Jobe said. “I'm not going to burn right now, too many leaves for that."
Many firefighters in the area have also left to go assist in the mountains.
"We are not shorting anyone in the town as far as our responses, but we are having to work crews on a 36 hour shift, people volunteering to fill-in any open spots, and we are using our part-time help to fill those areas in also,” said Boyd Hart, battalion chief at the Kernersville Fire Department.