Still a burn ban in place –Recreational fires not included

According to Howard County Emergency Management Coordinator Darrell Knecht, the Howard County burn ban is still in place, as of Aug. 6. He explained, “All fire chiefs need to agree to put the ban in place and all have to agree to take it off.”

How do recreational fire fit into the ban? According to Iowa Code 100.40.3, recreational fires are allowed. It states, “A proclamation issued by the state fire marshal pursuant to this section shall not prohibit a supervised, controlled burn for which a permit has been issued by the fire chief of the fire district where the burn will take place, 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.”

Knecht concluded, “While recreational fires are legal, we just ask people to use common sense


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