REGIONAL—A burn ban has been established for Sioux County, effective 6 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23.
On Tuesday, Sept. 22, fire chiefs representing each fire department in Sioux County requested the Iowa state fire marshal prohibit open burning in the county. The state fire marshal found that conditions are such that open burning constitutes a danger to life and property.
The ban states no person in Sioux County shall engage in open burning until such time as conditions dangerous to life and property no longer exist. Iowa Code 100.40 outlines the regulations regarding an open burn ban. A violation of this section is a simple misdemeanor.
County fire chiefs encourage farmers and producers to plan ahead and have a tractor and disk nearby while harvesting.
They said watching the forecast and wind speeds also are ways to mitigate the fire danger.