"This action is taken by reason of the unreasonable risk of fire due to the current drought conditions, high temperatures and other weather-related circumstances," stated Childers.
According to the ban, the fire department may not be sufficient to control or suppress a fire or fires, which may otherwise result if open burning is not immediately prohibited.
Childers says open burning includes, but is not limited to, the burning of landscape waste, agricultural waste, household trash or garbage.
Childers said since the burn ban was issued on June 28, Massac County Fire Protection District has responded to two field fires, which he said were lightning-related. The county firefighters also responded to another field fire Monday evening.
According to Childers, there was nothing officially indicating the fire Monday was related to fireworks, but he said the recent field fires were not set intentionally.
The City of Metropolis announced Monday the Office of Emergency Management, Fire and Police Departments are very concerned about fire hazards during these extreme drought conditions.
As a reminder, the City of Metropolis has adopted an ordinance prohibiting open burning. There is an even greater danger now that brush and timber are so dry.
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