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Story County bans open burns, citing dry conditions

Isabella Rosario
Ames Tribune

The State Fire Marshal proclamation prohibiting open burning went into effect at 9 a.m. on Oct. 13. It will remain in effect until dry and windy conditions improve.

A majority of Story County fire chiefs requested an open burn ban following an increase in field fires, according to a Tuesday press release from the county's Emergency Management agency. As the county sees limited rainfall, "embers from open burning can easily start fires that spread rapidly and endanger structures or firefighters," Story County Emergency Management Coordinator Keith Morgan said.

Under the ban, grills, outdoor fireplaces and other similar activities must occur in a controlled environment according to Iowa Code. Residents can review burn ban restrictions on the Iowa State Fire Marshal website at https://dps.iowa.gov/divisions/state-fire-marshal/burn-bans. 

As of Tuesday, 24 Iowa counties have outdoor burn bans in place.