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Apparent smoke from controlled burn blankets parts of north Nelson County

NC GAZETTE / WBRT RADIO
STAFF REPORT

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 — A heavy grayish smoke covered northern Nelson County Wednesday morning at about 8:30 a.m. from Deatsville Road all the way to Fairfield. The smoke smelled like the result of a possible forest or woods fire in the area.

There were numerous reports of smoke in the area, with no origin in sight. Deputies with the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office were reporting on the heavy smoke as well.

The apparent source of the smoke was a large controlled burn on Deatsville Road. The still, damp morning air helped hold the smoke closer to the ground and it was unable to dissipate quickly. If you wondered if your neighbor’s house was on fire in the Cox’s Creek area Wednesday morning, you weren’t alone.

Before burning a pile of brush, always call Nelson County Dispatch and report your planned burn before you begin. Doing so will help avoid a needless fire investigation by the local first-responders.

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