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No plans to extend county burn ban

September 18, 2002|by STACEY DANZUSO

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A countywide ban on outside burning in Franklin County sparked by dry and hot conditions last month expired Monday.

The Franklin County Commissioners ordered the 30-day ban on Aug. 17, and chose not to extend it because there was not enough interest from the county's fire chiefs, Commissioner G. Warren Elliott said.

Those burn bans put in place by townships and boroughs still apply, and residents can contact their municipalities to find out about restrictions.

September is on its way to becoming one of the driest on records, but the commissioners only approve or extend burn bans at the request of the district forester and the majority of fire chiefs.

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In April, the commissioners extended a burn ban several days to give municipalities the chance to impose their own restrictions.

Officials continue to discourage open burning because an out-of-control burn can take a toll on the already low water supplies in the county.

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