PLYMOUTH — Temperatures may be cooler, but the dry conditions remain around the area. Residents are advised that Marshall County’s burn ban also remains in place.
To date, the ban has not been lifted and will not be for some time if weather conditions do not improve. Marshall County Emergency Management Agency Director Clyde Avery advised the Pilot News that he had passed on recommendations to the Marshall County Commissioners from three area fire chiefs recommending that the ban remain in effect.
“I’ve been in communication with the area fire chiefs about whether the ban should be lifted and three of them feel conditions have not improved enough to lift the ban,” said Avery. “I’ve passed their recommendation on to the (Marshall County) Commissioners. Since they are the ones that will be risking their lives if there is a fire we feel they should have a big part in the determination.”
Avery said that the area is considered to still be in “moderate drought” conditions.
“High winds have contributed to that in the past few days,” said Avery.
High winds along with drought conditions make the spread of any uncontrolled fire a dangerous possibility.
The original burn ban in the county was enacted by the Commissioners on Oct. 6. The ban is on any open fire not controlled by some sort of containment device. At their meeting on Oct. 18, after several fires started by ignoring the ban, the Commissioners passed a resolution adding a penalty of paying for all emergency services involved in putting out a fire that occurred from ignoring the ban.
That penalty remains in effect as well.
The language in the ban notification says that the ban will be lifted when conditions improve.