Burn ban announced for Marshall County
MARSHALL CO. — Due to the extremely dry conditions, the Marshall County Board of Commissioners, with the support of several of the local fire chiefs, issued a disaster proclamation restricting open burning throughout the entire county Wednesday.
The fire chiefs and commissioners agree that Marshall County is immediately threatened by a natural disaster-specifically county wide drought conditions and that these conditions make the county vulnerable to widespread fire hazards. The fire chiefs and commissioners believe that implementing a burn ban on certain activities is an appropriate public safety response to the fire hazards presented by the current drought conditions.
In accordance with the emergency declaration the following activities are prohibited until further notice in Marshall County:
Open burning of any kind using conventional fuel such as wood, or other combustible material, with the exception of grills fueled by charcoal briquettes or propane (charcoal from permitted grill shall not be removed from the grills until the charcoal has been thoroughly extinguished);
The burning of debris, such as timber or vegetation, including such debris that results from building construction activities;
Campfires and other recreation fires, unless enclosed.
The burn ban will be in effect beginning at noon today and will remain in place for at least the next seven (7) days. The ban may be extended or lifted after the initial seven day time period based on an assessment of conditions at that point.
All residents of Marshall County should comply with the necessary emergency measures, and to cooperate with pubic officials in order to keep the communities safe.
For additional information regarding fire safety, contact the local fire department or the Marshall County Emergency Management Agency at 936-3740.