Meade County Commission passes open fire burn ban

News StaffJuly 13, 2021Agriculture News
Meade County Commisson approves burn ban

STURGIS, S.D. — The Meade County Commission on Tuesday passed a ban on open fires within the county due to dry conditions.

The ban regulates campfires, fireworks and other incendiary devices.

Commissioners say the current drought conditions led to the decision.

For purposes of the resolution, “Open Fire” means any outdoor fire, including campfires, that is not contained within a fully enclosed fire box or structure from which the products of combustion are emitted directly to the open atmosphere without passing through a stack, duct or chimney.

“Open Fire” does not include charcoal grills, liquid fuel grills and burn barrels.

The ban will remain in place until fire conditions improve and the Meade County Commission takes action to remove the ban.