The York County Commissioners passed a temporary burn ban that goes into effect Thursday because of dry conditions and a lack of rain in the area.
The 15-day burn ban is county-wide and prohibits fire pits, backyard fires, fireworks and the burning of any “combustible materials,” including “garbage, leaves, grass, twigs, litter, paper, vegetative material involved with land clearing or any sort of debris,” the resolution says.
The use of tobacco products, propane or gas stoves or charcoal briquette grills are not included in the burn ban.
Anyone in violation of the burn ban will face a minimum fine of $100 for the first offense, $200 for the second offense and $300 for the third and subsequent offenses.
The commissioners cited “record low stream levels, very low ground water levels, higher than normal temperatures – with no significant rain fall being forecast – and low nominal rainfall over recent weeks” as reasons for the burn ban.
To read the full resolution, click here.