Pottawatomie County commissioners on Tuesday implemented a 30-day burn ban for all of Pottawatomie County. The burn ban remains in effect until 9 a.m. Feb. 10.
Recent grass fires, dry conditions and the continuing threat of wildfires prompted the action. With the resolution, it is unlawful for any person to set fire to any forest, grant, range, crop or other wildlands, or to build a camp fire or bon fire, or to burn trash or other materials that could cause a wildfire, according to the formal resolution.
Enforcement of the resolution can be carried out by any law enforcement officer. Any person violating the resolution will face a misdemeanor charge subject to a $500 fine, imprisonment for no more than one year, or both fine and imprisonment, the resolution shows. Certain exceptions are in effect during the ban, including equipment related to road construction projects and oil field and landfill activities. For those requesting to burn pasture as part of agricultural management operations while the burn ban in effect, there is an application that can be submitted to local fire departments for consideration of a permit. Anyone with questions about the burn ban can contact commissioners at 273-4305 or Shawnee/Pottawatomie County emergency management at 878-1650.