The Open Burning Outreach Team (OBOT) works to spread a simple message; burning man made trash is dangerous, produces unhealthy air pollution, and is illegal. Click HERE to learn more about the team.
Download lesson plans, learn how we connect to the Essential Standards, and order FREE Brochures and Infomation. Click HERE.
Conduct preliminary research for "Breathe, Don't Burn!" projects. Learn the basics about open burning and air pollution. Find out how to contact local Division of Air Quality staff to learn more. Click HERE
Watch a few quick videos to get started. Learn the basics about open burning. Click HERE
Open Burning Rule
The Open Burning Rule is one of North Carolina's oldest air quality regulations, first adopted in 1971. The rule prohibits most outdoor burning and sets conditions for allowable fires. Under the rule, it is always illegal to burn trash and other non-vegetative materials. Leaves, branches and other plant growth can be burned under certain conditions. Violators can be fined up to $25,000 or more.