During a brief meeting Wednesday evening, the Douglas County Commission approved extending the current burn ban for the unincorporated part of the county. The ban was initiated last week and will remain in effect until the commission’s next meeting, which is 6:35 p.m. Aug. 8, on the second floor of the County Courthouse, 1100 Mass.
Jillian Rodrigue, assistant director of Douglas County Emergency Management, told the commissioners that she had polled the township fire chiefs and all were in favor of continuing the burn ban. The resolution, which passed on a unanimous vote, includes a declaration of local emergency and stipulates that noncompliance constitutes a misdemeanor.
The ban prohibits:
• Building, maintaining or using any open fire or camp fire “except in permanent stoves or fireplaces.”
• Burning fields, wild lands or trash.
• Careless use or disposal of smoking materials.