SCHUYLKILL COUNTY, Pa. - Schuylkill County has issued a temporary open burning ban set to take effect on Friday, April 21 at noon and end on Sunday, May 21.
According to the Schuylkill County Emergency Management Agency, "any outdoor burning of items such as garbage, leaves, grass, twigs, litter, paper, cardboard and wood in burn barrels, fire rings, or on open ground is prohibited" during the ban.
Grilling on gas or charcoal grills "for the sole purpose of preparing food" is allowed.
SCEMA says residents who violate the temporary ban face fines of $100 for the first offense, $200 for the second, and $300 for each additional violation.
Violators will also be responsible for the costs of extinguishing any wildfire they may cause. Officials say those totals could amount to thousands of dollars.
Rainfall, forest and ground cover conditions will continue to be evaluated by DCNR personnel who may recommend extending the ban if needed.
Any questions Schuylkill County residents may have can be directed to the Schuylkill County Emergency Management Agency at 570-621-9966 or emailed to BurnBan@scema.org.
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