(COUNCIL BLUFFS) All open burning will be banned within the rural areas of Pottawattamie County effective at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, until further notice.
Pottawattamie County Emergency Management says with abnormally warm temperatures and several months of below normal precipitation the rural areas of Pottawattamie County are extremely dry. In the past few weeks several rural fire departments in Pottawattamie County have responded to grass and wildland fires. This week Emergency Management polled the rural fire departments of Pottawattamie County after several Departments inquired as to a burn ban in the County. All rural Departments agreed to the ban and the ban was approved today by the State Fire Marshall in Des Moines.
An application to your local fire chief can be obtained to allow a permit for an open burn if your local Fire Official believes it is safe to do so. After approval of the permit, several County entities are informed to lessen the danger of false alarms. The conditions are currently favorable for a fast moving wildland fire that can destroy property and be life threatening if uncontrolled. If we begin to receive adequate moisture, a revocation of the ban will be considered by the rural Fire Chiefs.