Browning lifts outdoor burning ban

Staff reports

 State Fire Marshal Butch Browning and Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain have lifted the cease and desist order on private burning.

The order is effective at 1 p.m. today.

With recent recordings of rain fall statewide, conditions have improved to allow such burning activities, Browning said.

Citizens are advised to proceed with caution in conducting outdoor burning including not leaving fires unattended and keeping a 100-foot area clear from vegetation, buildings and wooded areas.

In addition, local governments and fire departments should be consulted as to any local concerns since this statewide ban has been lifted.

Both the State Fire Marshal and the Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry wish

Browning and Strain thanked the public for their diligence and adherence to the burn ban, as while it was in effect the number of out of control fires did decrease.