WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The more than 3 inches of rain that fell in the area last week helped, but not enough for the restrictions that have been in place since early summer to be lifted, local officials in Franklin County, Pa., said Monday.
The rain did allow the Washington Township Supervisors to end their ban against outside burning Friday.
The rain on Thursday and Friday dampened the ground enough to lower the brush fire danger, Township Administrator Michael Christopher said. "We consulted with both fire departments and the water authority," he said.
The burn ban had been in effect since Sept. 16, he said.
"We had a decent rain last week. Some people have stored up stuff they need to burn," he said.
The rain boosted the level at the Borough of Waynesboro's reservoir by nearly 11/2 feet, said S. Leiter Pryor, head of the borough's water company. The level is still about 5 feet below the spillway, he said.