Burn ban declared for Marion County

The Marion County Board of Commissioners approved a burn ban for the entire county, effective Jan. 24. The proclamation states: ?The fire danger is extreme across Marion County. The dry conditions will continue unabated until sufficient rainfall occurs in Marion County.?

The ban prohibits the following actions:

1. Careless use of smoking materials, including cigarettes, cigars and smoking pipes. Discard shall be in a manner to preclude threat from smoldering remains.

2. Building, maintaining, attending or using an open fire or campfire except in permanent stove or fireplaces or barbecue grills in developed recreational sites or residential lawns.

3. Burning of all fencerows, fields, pastures, grasslands, ravines, trash and debris, except that trash and debris may be burned in permanent stoves or permanent enclosures.

4. Using welding and/or torch equipment without fire protection equipment on site.

Violations could result in up to one year in county jail and/or a fine of up to $2,500.

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