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Burn Ban Placed on Russell County

Burn BanAt a special meeting Friday morning, the Russell County Commissioners voted to place a burn ban on Russell County effective immediately and until further notice.

According to the approved resolution, extremely dry and windy weather conditions have created an extreme fire hazard in the grassland and cropland of Russell County. Fires have been reported throughout the county and have caused substantial damage. Once started, these fires are difficult to control and strain volunteer fire department and manpower and resources. The fire danger is extreme in this county. The dry conditions and fire danger will continue unabated until sufficient rainfall occurs across the area.

A state of local disaster emergency exists for these reasons and the following acts are prohibited within the boundaries of Russell County in unincorporated areas by all citizens and visitors:

  • Careless use of smoking materials, including cigarettes, cigars and smoking pipes. The discarding of such objects shall be in a manner to preclude fire threat from smoldering remains.
  • Building, maintaining, attending or using any open fire. Exemptions are stoves, fireplaces, campfires, and propane or charcoal barbeque grills that are contained in an upright fully covered grill in developed recreational sites or residential areas.
  • Prescribed burning of all fence rows, fields, wild lands, ravines, trash and debris.
  • Outdoor use of all other fires including fireworks, for any reason.

The Commissioners also signed a state of emergency declaration to receive state funding.

Official Resolution

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