Orange County officials are encouraging residents to abstain from burning while the area is experiencing very dry conditions.

The state has implemented a burning ban in 47 counties; Orange County is not covered by the ban.

“We highly encourage everyone to refrain from any outdoor burning until conditions become favorable,” said Orange County Fire Marshal Jason B. Shepherd. “Additional fuel load from falling leaves, extra dry conditions and low humidity makes conditions very dangerous for outdoor burning. A sudden gust of wind could spread the fire out of control very quickly.”

Shepherd did add that any resident who elects to burn should “constantly attend the fire until it is extinguished” and “have approved fire extinguishing equipment, such as a minimum 4-A rated fire extinguisher or garden hose, available for immediate use.”

Officials say county crews will be closely monitoring and working with the state to determine the ongoing fire threat. There have been wildfires blazing across western North Carolina, which have been seeing drought conditions.

If you have any questions regarding burning, a release says to call (919) 245-6100. And if there is an emergency due to burning, residents should call 911.