July 23, 2014

Johnson County issues new open burning ban

For the second time in two months, the Johnson County Board of Commissioners has issued an open burning ban for unincorporated Johnson County.
The ban, which became effective Thursday, Oct. 27, was announced after consultation with the county fire inspector and rural fire district chiefs. The burning ban will remain in effect until it is rescinded by the board.
Prolonged dry weather has produced 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.
• 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 thirty (30) days.
The Board issued a ban on Aug. 4 and rescinded it on Aug. 12 after rains and changed weather conditions supported lifting of the burning restrictions.
For more information, call Jerry Mallory, building codes official for the Johnson County Department of Planning, Codes, and Development, at (913) 715-2200 or jerry.mallory@jocogov.org.

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