January 21, 2014

Grady County under 30 day burn ban

Jessica Lane, Staff Writer,
The Express-Star


A 30-day burn ban for Grady County was enacted on Jan. 21 at the Grady County Commissioner's meeting.

Under the burn ban, it is unlawful for any person to set fire to any forest, grass, range, crop or other wild lands. The burn ban also prohibits building a campfire, bonfire or burning trash or other material that may cause a forest, grass, range crop or other wild lands fire. 

There are exceptions to the ban, such as for equipment related to road construction projects. 

The ban recommends that equipment that uses propane or other controlled-type burners is generally regarded as safe. However, it is advised that a water pumper is on standby any time this equipment is used near a grassy right-of-way. 

There are also exceptions for welding, cutting torch or grinding activities. 

These must be conducted over a non-combustable surface of at least 10 feet by 10 feet with welding blankets or screens used to cover flammable vegetation. Wind speeds must be less than 20 mph. A person other than the welder must stand post at the site with pressurized water or a fire extinguisher. 

Outdoor cooking is permitted only under specific conditions. 

LPG, natural gas grills and charcoal-fired cooking outside in a grilling receptacle are permitted provided that the activity is conducted over a non-flammable surface and at least five feet from flammable vegetation. 

Any person convicted of violating this resolution shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be subject to a fine of not more than $500 to imprisonment for not more than one year or both. 

Weather conditions continue to be dry. There is no precipitation forecasted for the next 10 days, Dale Thompson, Grady County Emergency Management, said. 

If extreme fire danger persists, subsequent burn bans may be passed.