A burning ban for unincorporated Johnson County was issued on Aug. 4 by the Johnson County Board of Commissioners after consultation with the county fire inspector and rural fire district chiefs.
The burning ban becomes effective immediately and will remain in effect until it is rescinded by the board.
Dry weather and high winds have combined to produce conditions that make open burning in the unincorporated area a threat to public health and safety. Until further notice:
• Burning of any material is prohibited, except in a contained space with a spark-arresting device;
• Property owners must prohibit burning on their land, except in a contained space with a spark-arresting device;
• All previously issued burning permits for the unincorporated area are suspended; and
• No new burning permits will be issued.
Violations of the ban can be punished by a fine of up to $500 and a jail sentence of up to 30 days.
The last time Johnson County issued a countywide burning ban in the unincorporated area occurred in 2002. Another ban was imposed in 1999.