DES MOINES — A burn ban for Jackson County began this morning.
The State Fire Marshal approved a request today from Lyn Medinger, representing each fire department within Jackson County. The organization found that conditions in the county make open burning a danger to life and property.
As of 8 a.m. today, no one was allowed to engage in open burning in the county, except as specifically permitted by Iowa code. This exception includes: a supervised and controlled burn for which a permit has been issued by the fire chief; the use of outdoor fireplaces; barbecue grills; properly supervised landfill; 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.
The burn ban will continue until Medinger notifies the State Fire Marshal that the danger no longer exists. Any violation of this ban is a simple misdemeanor.