In a special session Tuesday, Clay County Commissioners extended a burn ban, in effect since June 9, by 30 days. The ban is now effective until Sept. 9.
During the June meeting, Commissioners enacted the burn ban with a 3-1 vote. Precinct 1 Commissioner Lindy Choate cast the lone “no” vote, stating that he would be in favor of a burn ban once the KBDI reached the suggested threshold of 575.
As of Monday, most of Clay County had a Keetch-Byram Drought Index rating of 608.
The ban allows some exemptions.
Agricultural burning will be allowed, but requires a 60-foot fireguard to be plowed or cleared around the perimeter of the burn area. The landowner must notify the sheriff’s office of plans to conduct a controlled burn and one fire truck must be on scene during the burn. Winds must be no more than 20 miles per hour.
The burn ban also allows for outdoor cooking if the grill or cooker has a covered top and is located in an area free of vegetation.
A violation of the burn ban is a class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $500.