Ottawa County extends a burn ban for at least another week.
According to the Ottawa County Emergency Management Office, commissioners have ordered an extension on the burn ban for another seven days. Conditions will continued to be evaluated and monitored with the decision to rescind or lift the ban being revisited on Monday April 28th.
All towns in Ottawa County utilize the county burn ban as also being a city burn ban, with the exception of Culver, which allows burn barrels in the city only during a county burn ban.
Dry pastures, fields, lawns etc. can burn very quickly and spread very fast. Be cautious about parking vehicles in dry grass or weeds. Catalytic converters’ very high temperature can ignite dry plant material quickly. Cigarettes tossed out of vehicles are also a great fire danger.
The burn ban prohibits any outdoor burning with NO EXEMPTIONS ALLOWED. Burning of household trash or debris is prohibited while the burn ban is in effect.
Criminal prosecution for any person violating the burn ban may be implemented. Willful violation of the burn ban shall be considered a class “A” misdemeanor which is punishable by a fine of up to $2,500.00 and one year in jail.