Burning ban continues in county

    Although the Decatur area has seen some rain in recent days, it isn't enough to lift the burn ban currently in place in Adams County, according to Decatur Assistant Fire Chief Jim Hitchcock.
    "We've been getting a lot of calls so I want to get this out there," said Hitchcock on Monday. "We've gotten some rain, but it's been spotty and it's not enough. Things are still pretty dry out there."
    Hitchcock asked the county commissioners on Monday to continue the ban "at least a few more weeks," adding that there is a fire chief meeting on August 1 which will give Adams County fire departments a chance to evaluate the situation again and determine if the ban can be lifted.
    Until the ban is lifted, the following types of burning are banned throughout the county:
    • Campfires and other recreational fires, unless enclosed in a fire ring at least 23 inches across and 10 inches is deep
    • Open burning of any kind using conventional fuel such as wood, or any other combustible material, with the exception of grills fueled by charcoal briquettes or propane. Briquettes from permitted grills may not be removed until they have been thoroughly extinguished.
    • The burning of debris, such as timber or vegetation, including such debris that results from building construction.
    Hitchcock asked that residents who see a violation of the ban call the Adams County Sheriff's Department, 724-7141, to file a report.