NAZARETH, Pa. -

Existing dry conditions forced Northampton County Council to adopt a no-burning ban Thursday.

According to county officials, the ban includes, but is not limited to: the burning of trash, yard debris, campfires, bonfires, construction debris and fireworks.

“It is extremely important for all residents and visitors to respect this ban on burning in Northampton County. The extremely dry conditions warrant this ban!” said County Executive John Stoffa.

Northampton County Emergency Management Services Director, Robert Mateff, noted that his staff will continue to monitor the dry weather conditions carefully.

“The existing dry and dangerous burning conditions have created a great risk to residents in the county. A burn ban can help to minimize that risk,” said Mateff.

Residents can access more information on the open burning ban at the county emergency management services website.

The burn ban goes into effect at midnight Sunday, April 23.