As of Friday at least, there are no plans to put a burn ban into effect in Douglas County.
Douglas County officials said they are not joining the several counties that have initiated bans this week because the fire risk index isn’t at its highest level and fire chiefs haven’t requested a ban.
Still, county officials are keeping an eye on conditions and say that if the fire risk increases — it’s currently at its second-highest potential — they may put a ban in place. That would put a damper on upcoming Fourth of July celebrations because such a ban prohibits fireworks.
Jillian Rodrigue, assistant director of Douglas County Emergency Management, spoke to county commissioners during their meeting Wednesday night. She didn’t recommend a ban but did note that commissioners could call a special meeting to consider one if the weather worsens.
On Friday, Rodrigue sent out precautionary fliers to be posted by fireworks venders on a voluntary basis. She said that “people should use extra caution if they use fireworks given the hot and dry conditions” and that anyone planning a controlled burn should contact their local fire department and the dispatch center.