County Judge Carolyn Bilski announced the move Monday, saying burning is prohibited outside an enclosure that contains all flames and sparks.
The ban comes after what had been a wetter-than-normal spring—but the summer months have seen little, if any, rainfall.
Bilski says burning in a barrel is allowed, but only if citizens observe certain factors, including:
- Burning only when there is no wind.
- Keeping a water source and hose nearby and at the ready
- And, staying with the fire until it’s completely extinguished.
Bilski says violation of the burn ban could lead to a fine of up $500.