With the start of the fall wildfire hazard season Tuesday, outdoor burning is banned during the day in some areas, state officials said.
Outdoor burning is prohibited from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. in or within 150 feet of any woodland or brush.
"With the last several weeks of dry weather, conditions are favorable for outdoor fires to escape and become wildfires," said Leah MacSwords, director of the Division of Forestry. "Burning under these conditions increases the risk for wildfires when all it takes is a little wind to cause a fire to spread."
So far this year, the Division of Forestry has responded to 739 wildfires that have burned more than 17,000 acres of forests in the state. State records show that people caused more than 99 percent of wildfires.
Residents should call the Division of Air Quality at 1-888-287-6529 to learn about other specific regulations before burning anything.