First Posted: 1/15/2009
LUMBERTON - Fires are again flaring up across the county, putting 27 of the 32 volunteer fire departments to work on Monday.
“We're getting to have these fires again,” said Charles Britt, the county fire marshal. “Even though there aren't any real bad ones, the potential is there - it's getting dry again.”
Britt said there were about 20 woods fires on Monday, mostly in the northern and western parts of the county.
He said residents need to remember that a statewide burning ban remains in effect. He said the only outside fire that a Robeson County resident can legally start is on a grill.
Those who violate the fan risk being fined and having to pay court costs.
Fire officials don't want to see a repeat of last month's long-hour days of fighting as many as 150 Robeson County fires. The weather forecast, however, is in their favor, with a strong chance of widespread rain later in the week.