Burn ban issued for Scott County

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Open burning is banned in Scott County, Iowa starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, 2014 and continuing until further notice.

“Conditions in Scott County are such that open burning constitutes a danger to life or property,” said Iowa’s State Fire Marshal Jeffrey Quigle.

Open burning is prohibited when conditions are extremely dry and the risk is high for fires to get out of control.

Only controlled burns with a permit issued by the local fire chief are allowed.  The ban does not apply to “the use of outdoor fireplaces, barbecue grills, properly supervised landfills, or the burning of trash in incinerators or trash burners made of metal, concrete, masonry, or heavy one-inch wire mesh, with no openings greater than one square inch,” according to Iowa law.

Violation of the burn ban is considered a simple misdemeanor in Iowa.