HURON – A combination of cooler temperatures, recent rains and forecasted cooler, wetter conditions has prompted Beadle County Emergency Management Director Zach Nelson to lift the burn ban in the county.
Normal burning may resume without the threat of a citation by law enforcement, he said.
“While the burn ban is lifted, there are still portions of Beadle County listed in the U.S. Drought Monitor as being in various stages of drought,” he said.
“With this in mind, area fire departments urge responsible burning practices be used at all times, to include having a suitable source of extinguishing resources in close proximity to your burn location,” Nelson said.
He said people should also pay attention to the weather, specifically wind direction and the condition of areas around them that may cause a fire to get out of control.
The majority of fire departments across Beadle County support lifting the ban, however, it was not unanimous, he said.
Some departments urged the ban to remain in place, meaning they believe conditions for burning are still dangerous, he said.
“The best advice is to burn with care and caution,” he said. “Use common sense and be smart about where and how you burn.”