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For unincorporated areas
By Teresa Bigham/The Hesperian-Beacon—
Floyd county—An outdoor burn ban is in effect for 90 days, through Oct. 13, 2020, for the unincorporated areas of Floyd County.
Floyd County Judge Marty Lucke issued the Emergency Order Prohibition for Outdoor Burning for seven days on Thursday, July 9, and the Floyd County Commissioners extended the ban at their meeting Monday, July 13.
Current circumstances, in all or part of the county, create a public safety hazard that would be exacerbated by outdoor burning, Lucke said.
“The extremely dry conditions, hot temperatures and no rain are the reasons I felt I needed to put the ban in place,” Lucke said.
According to the order, residents cannot burn any combustible material outside of an enclosure which serves to contain all flames and/or sparks.
If there is suspected outdoor burning, the local fire department will respond to the scene and take immediate measures to contain and/or extinguish the fire, according to the burn ban order.
In case of a fire, the officer at the scene and/or the fire chief will inform the residents of the burn ban and request compliance with it.
The incident and notification made to the resident will be entered into the dispatcher’s log containing the time, date, and place of the warning, and the names of the person receiving the warning. If there is a second or flagrant violations of the order, a resident may be prosecuted in accordance with the statues and procedures governing misdemeanors, the burn ban order states.
Violating the burn ban is a Class C Misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500.