Burn ban in effect in Jackson County

The Jackson County Commissioners have issued a burn ban in the county.

The ban was declared due to the risk of widespread fire hazards because of the ongoing drought conditions.

The countywide ban affecting certain activities is an appropriate public safety response to the fire hazards presented by the current dry conditions, windy conditions and low humidity, according to an emergency proclamation issued Wednesday morning.

The following activities are prohibited in Jackson County:

-Campfires and other recreational fires, unless enclosed in a fire ring with dimensions of 23 inches in diameter X 6 inches high or larger

-Open burning of any kind using conventional fuel, such as wood, or other combustible matter, except for grills fueled by charcoal briquettes or propane

-The burning of debris, such as timber or vegetation, including such debris that results from building construction activities and/or wind storm debris

-The use of burn barrels for any open burning at residential structures

Charcoal from permitted grills shall not be removed from the grills until the charcoal has been thoroughly extinguished.

The burn ban will remain in force until rescinded by the commissioners.