Beaufort County Animal Control is a department available to the assist citizens with domestic animal issues.
Emergency Management is responsible for coordinating Beaufort County's preparation for and response to emergency situations.
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is the Beaufort County Department charged with providing help and support to the citizens and visitors of Beaufort County during times of personal and large-scale emergency. In addition, Emergency Services is responsible for coordinating the response efforts of the various agencies that act in an emergency capacity on the day to day level as well as during major catastrophic events.
The Office of the Fire Marshal is responsible for enforcing the North Carolina Fire Prevention Code, conducting fire inspections, reviewing plans for new building construction, with the exception of private use agricultural buildings and residential homes 1 and 2, fire/arson investigations, county fire departments coordination, and hazardous materials response.
Due to increased fire risk, the N.C. Forest Service has issued a ban on all open burning and has canceled all burning permits statewide effective at 5 p.m. November 29, 2021 until further notice.
“It is fall wildfire season in North Carolina, and we are seeing wildfire activity increase due to dry conditions,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “With these ongoing conditions, a statewide burn ban is necessary to reduce the risk of fires starting and spreading quickly. Our top priority is always to protect lives, property and forestland across the state.”
Under North Carolina law, the ban prohibits all open burning in the affected counties, regardless of whether a permit was previously issued. The issuance of any new permits has also been suspended until the ban is lifted. Anyone violating the burn ban faces a $100 fine plus $183 court costs. Any person responsible for setting a fire may be liable for any expenses related to extinguishing the fire.
Local fire departments and law enforcement officers are assisting the N.C. Forest Service in enforcing the burn ban.
The N.C. Forest Service will continue to monitor conditions. Residents with questions regarding a specific county can contact their N.C. Forest Service county ranger or their county fire marshal’s office.