CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Thunderstorms on Monday evening brought some relief to dry conditions but the Franklin County Board of Commissioners is considering a 30-day countywide burn ban.
County Commissioner Bob Thomas said Monday the county will consider a resolution this afternoon to impose a 30-day burn ban. The county might impose a ban if one is recommended by the county Fire Chief's Association and the local district forester for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Bureau of Forestry, he said.
Despite the storm, Dusty Stoner, chief of Mercersburg Montgomery Peters and Warren (MMPW) Fire Department in Mercersburg, Pa., said Monday that the Fire Chiefs Association would likely stand by the recommendation it made for a burn ban at its monthly meeting a week ago.
"If the wind picks up for a day or two ... it's going to dry everything back up again," said Stoner, president of the Fire Chiefs Association. The rain came through hard and fast Monday and might not have penetrated the underbrush that can fuel mountain and brush fires, he said.