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Burn ban back

Conditions placed on outdoor welding

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Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2012 9:00 am

Eyebrows that went up when the governor lifted a burn ban in McClain County last week can settle back down now.

McClain County Commissioners voted Monday to reinstate an emergency burn ban across the still-parched county.

The new ban will remain in effect until midnight on October 24.

The burn ban proclamation cites a determination by the county’s office of emergency management and a majority of fire chiefs that “hazardous burning conditions do exist in the county.”

Devastating wildfires this summer burned hundreds of homes and scorched thousands of acres across the state.

The ban forbids all outdoor burning and open fires and places conditions on outdoor welding, including use of a protective blanket over vegetation, a fire spotter must be present and there must be a source of water to extinguish any fire that occurs.

Outdoor grilling with both gas and charcoal briquettes is permitted.

In other business, the commissioners:

  • approved a request to advertise for bids on new pickups for District 1;
  • agreed on a price for 911 dispatch reimbursemnt costs;
  • approved a resolution declaring I-beams surplus;
  • approved a resolution designating the chairman as the person with authority to enter into agreements and/or leases with the U.S. Department of Agriculture;
  • approved a road crossing permit in District 2;
  • accepted the low bid for custodial services at the McClain County Health Department; and
  • approved allowing the District Court to hold the Shaun Bosse murder trial at the Farm & Home Center if needed.

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