O’Brien County Burning Ban Lifted

Date posted - October 24, 2012

Primghar, Iowa — We’re still in extreme to exceptional drought conditions in northwest Iowa, but at least O’Brien County residents can breathe one sigh of relief.

The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office advises O’Brien County residents that the Open Burning Ban has now been lifted. The burning ban had been in effect since July 27th in O’Brien County.

The criteria for lifting the ban is that each fire department having all or part of their fire district within the county has to notify the State Fire Marshal’s Office and tell them that conditions are no longer dangerous to life or property.

According to the Iowa Fire Marshal’s web site, the other three counties in our primary coverage area — Sioux, Osceola, and Lyon Counties are still under open burning bans at this time. We have been told that discussions between fire officials continue about lifting the ban in some areas still under a burning ban.

Fire officials still advise extreme caution when burning, even if it is now legal in your area.

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2 Responses to “O’Brien County Burning Ban Lifted”

  1. Doug says:

    When the ban is lifted on the other three counties, I hope it is posted here, because the Iowa State Fire Marshall hasn’t yet changed the status on their website. Many people have had to delay brush clean-up and other projects because of the dry weather, and would like to catch up before the snow flies.

    • I never read that Osceola County had joined the ban until reading it now. I had searched for the info. The only reason I had for not burning brush was I did not feel safe doing it even with the water turned on and ready to use that if needed.

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