CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A ban on all outdoor burning has been issued for all of Mecklenburg County, effective immediately.

In a release sent out Thursday morning, the Mecklenburg County Fire Marshal’s Office outlined the guidelines, which prohibits all outdoor burning including recreational fires, and cancels all burning permits that are currently issued.

The ban, which is in effect until further notice, was put in place due to a lack of rainfall and drought conditions that have increased the risk for fires in fields, as well as grass and wooded areas.

The Cabarrus County Fire Marshal also issued a burn ban Thursday, prohibiting all burning within 100 feet of a structure. The ban is also in effect until further notice.

The Mecklenburg County Fire Marshal's Office has offered a few tips to help prevent a woodlands fire:

  • Avoid grilling on or near wooden decks, grass, or pine straw.
  • Keep water handy in case of fire.
  • Dispose of smoking materials properly.
  • never use gasoline, kerosene, or any other flammable liquid to start a fire because the risk of personal injury is high.
  • Check water supply before igniting the fire. Be very cautious if you attempt to control a brush fire yourself. Wildfires move very rapidly and can severely burn you.