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Fire Protection

Currituck County is dedicated to providing citizens with an atmosphere of safety in not only preventing fires but in suppressing them once they start. Dedicated volunteers man the County’s fire departments, while the Fire Marshal, a County employee, assists the departments, as well as enforces fire codes and ordinances.

Use Caution in the Fall When Burning Leaves and Limbs

The fall season is a popular time for many residents to clear unwanted leaves and limbs from their property by burning these materials. With that in mind, Currituck County asks all citizens to use extreme caution and become familiar with North Carolina's open burning regulations.

Permits to conduct open burning are issued by the N.C. Division of Forest Resources, which maintains a Currituck County office. Information on burning permits can also be obtained from the Currituck County Fire Marshal. Click here for an online burning permit application.

Permissible residential burning includes the open burning of leaves, tree branches or yard trimmings originating on the premises of private residences and burned on those premises in areas where no public pickup is available. Such burning must be conducted between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., and shall not create a nuisance.

Open burning for land clearing or right-of-way maintenance is permissible provided that:

  • Prevailing winds are away from built up areas;
  • The location of the burn is at least 1,000 feet from any occupied structure;
  • The location of the burn is at least 250 feet from the edge of a roadway if the prevailing wind is towards the roadway;
  • Only kerosene, distillate, or diesel fuel is used to start the fire;
  • Burning shall commence between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. and no additional material is added other than during those hours.

Additional information can be found on the N.C. Forest Resources website . Citizens can also call the Regional Office of the Division of Air Quality, at 252-946-6481