Even with rain, county burn ban still in effect

By JoEllen Black/Richmond News

Much-needed rain came Wednesday, but the it didn’t end the county-wide burn ban.

Eastern Commissioner Allen Dale said Wednesday it would take more inches of precipitation before the commission would consider ending the ban because the area is parched from a 10-week dry spell.

“Don’t burn until further notice,” stresses Colin Chang, assistant fire chief of Hardin Fire Protection District. Chang called the Richmond News after returning from a grass fire west of Hardin Wednesday.

“Due to two months of dry and hot weather and receding creek beds that have a lot of debris, there’s high fuel load. It’s a little dangerous right now,” he said.

This summer’s high water unloaded a large amount of tender into creek beds, which are now dry, creating potentially large fire pits. The banks of dried rivers and creeks can also speed a fire.


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