Soaring temperatures coupled with a lack of rain has turned Franklin County's fields and woods into tinder and prompted the County Commissioners to order a ban on all outside burning.
The ban goes into effect at 3 p.m. Saturday, County Commissioner Bob Thomas said Thursday. It affects all 22 townships and boroughs in the county.
"This means there will be no open burning, period," Thomas said.
Violation of the ban can bring a $100 fine for a first offense.
The ban comes as a relief to area firefighters, Waynesboro Fire Chief Dale Fishack said. He said volunteers in his department alone have responded to brush and woods fires every day for the last two weeks, locally or for mutual aid in Franklin and Adams counties and Frederick County, Md.