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Commission issues countywide burn ban

Burning in the county has been banned due to dry and hazardous conditions.

Acting on a recommendation from fire chiefs, county commissioners approved the ban at Monday’s meeting.

It will be effective for seven days, and a review next Monday will determine if the ban should continue or be lifted.

Prohibited activities include:

  • Building, maintaining, attending, or using an open fire or campfire except in permanent stoves and fireplaces, and barbecue grills in developed recreational sites or residential lawns.
  • Burning of all fence rows, fields, pastures, grasslands, ravines, trash, and debris, except that trash and debris may be burned in permanent stoves or permanent enclosures.
  • Use of welding or torch equipment without fire protection equipment on site.
  • Careless use of smoking materials, including cigarettes, cigars, and smoking pipes. Materials must be discarded in a manner that precludes threat from smoldering remains.

Knowing and willful violation of the ban is a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in county jail and $2,500 fine.

Last modified March 15, 2018