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UPDATE: Burn ban in Henry County lifted Friday morning

Updated: Oct 25, 2019



HENRY COUNTY – Due to the easing of dry conditions, Henry County Administrator Tim Hall has rescinded the ban of all outdoor burning within the county.


This is effective immediately.


“Recent rainfall has alleviated the need for a burn ban at this time,” Hall said. “We still ask our residents and visitors to take precaution when burning outdoors, but we feel that any imminent danger has been reduced with this week’s rain.”


The burn ban was implemented September 27.


ORIGINAL STORY

HENRY COUNTY – Due to the continuation of dry conditions, Henry County Administrator Tim Hall has issued an immediate ban of all outdoor burning within the county.


Unusually dry weather conditions have created a high risk of wildfires; therefore, effective at noon Friday, outdoor burning is prohibited until further notice.


The only exception to this ban are covered gas, electric or charcoal barbecue grills/smokers and manufactured outdoor wood furnaces.


The National Weather Service forecasters expect these extreme conditions to continue into the near future, with only a slight chance for precipitation during that period.


This will contribute to the county’s already challenging firefighting conditions.


The cumulative effects of successive weeks of high temperatures and very little rainfall have significantly elevated fire danger throughout the county.


“Henry County hasn’t seen this level of fire danger since our last burn ban in November 2016,” said Lisa Garrett, Henry County Fire Marshal. “Conditions are dangerous, and we need everyone to understand the seriousness of this issue. We need this ban for everyone’s protection.”


Citizens are asked to cooperate by adhering to this ban until it is rescinded.


Failing to comply with this ban may result in criminal charges.


Please contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at 276-634-4660 with questions..

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