Foresters: State still under no burn order

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Residents are reminded that the state is still under a “No Burn Order,” which prohibits all outdoor burning in all 67 counties.

The Forestry Commission and the governor’s office evaluated the impacts of recent rainfall on the existing drought, which showed that the 10-day forecast for the state shows below-average rainfall, with above-average temperatures.

Forestry officials said the weather pattern will accelerate the drying of vegetation and debris, returning conditions to the same level that existed prior to the recent rainfall.

Under the No Burn Order, it is illegal for residents to set fire to forests, grass, woods, wildland or marshes. No campfires or bonfires are allowed and residents may not burn trash or other materials that could cause forest, woods or grass fires.

Anyone who is caught doing so, could face a fine up to $500 and six months in jail.