Area Burn Bans Still in Place


Published on July 20 2012 9:28 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Due to some recent isolated rain showers within the Shumway Fire Protection District, officials have received several inquiries concerning the status of the burn ban.

“With no rain in sight, the burn ban is still in effect and may be for some time” Fire Chief Joe Kemme said. “We have seen rain on one side of the district mainly near the lake, but it has not rained in Shumway and other parts of the district” added Kemme.

Brief rainfall is not enough to make up for the earlier dry spell and citizens must continue to exercise great care to prevent devastating fires. Under the ban, open burning of any kind is prohibited. This includes burning trash, campfires, bonfires, fields, and other burning outdoors. Grilling is permitted as long as it is continually supervised and immediately extinguished after use.

This will mark the fourth week a burn ban has been in effect. The ban was initially enacted on June 27.

According to the National Weather Service, high heat and humidity will return Monday through Wednesday with afternoon heat index values of 100 to 105. These combinations present a high risk of heat related illnesses if you are not careful. To protect your health when temperatures are extremely high, remember to keep cool and drink plenty of fluids.

Citizens may call the Shumway Fire Protection District at (217)868-5202 with any questions regarding the open burn ban. Please call 911 to report any type of fire or emergency.