Jefferson County Enacts Burn Ban Resolution

JEFFERSON CO., Pa. (EYT) – The Jefferson County Commissioners adopted a Resolution on Tuesday imposing a 30-day burn ban on outdoor burning in the County of Jefferson effective Thursday, August 27, at noon.

According to a release from the Jefferson County Commissioners, the ban is in accordance with Act 1995-52 of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania under the recommendation of the District Forester and the County Fire Chiefs.

“Open Burning” is defined as the ignition and subsequent burning of any combustible material, including garbage, leaves, grass, twigs, litter, paper, vegetative matter involved with land clearing, or any sort of debris out of doors.

The use of propane or gas stoves, charcoal briquette grills, or the use of tobacco in any form is not covered under this Resolution.

Camp fires are allowed in fire rings that confine and contain the camp fire in designated state, federal or in DCNR licensed campgrounds.

A person who violates this act commits a summary offense and shall, upon conviction, be sentenced to a fine of not more than $100.00 for the first offense, $200.00 for the second offense, and $300.00 for the third offense.

The release notes that it is not the Jefferson County Commissioners intent to fine individuals, but rather to educate on the dangers currently with drought conditions and the rapid spread of wildfires.


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