AN ACT TO REWRITE AND RELOCATE G.S. 14-139 RELATING TO SETTING FIRES IN CERTAIN AREAS.
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
Section 1. G.S. 14‑139 is repealed.
Sec. 2. Chapter 113 of the General Statutes is amended by adding a new Article 4C thereto as follows:
"Regulation of Open Fires.
"§ 113-60.20. Purpose and findings. —The purpose of this Article is to regulate certain open burning in order to protect the public from the hazards of forest fires and air pollution and to adapt such regulation to the needs and circumstances of the different areas of North Carolina. The General Assembly finds that open burning in proximity to woodlands must be regulated in all counties to protect against forest fires and air pollution. The General Assembly further finds that certain counties contain organic soils or forest types which pose greater problems of forest fire and air pollution control and which require additional regulation of open burning, particularly open burning associated with land‑clearing operations. The counties subject to the need for additional control are classified as high hazard counties for purpose of this Article.