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Commissioners likely to consider burn ban

August 09, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Franklin County Commissioners are expected today to discuss the possibility of enacting a countywide ban on burning.

Several municipalities have enacted bans locally.

As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, the Franklin County Department of Emergency Services had a list of burn bans in the Borough of Greencastle and Greene, St. Thomas and Hamilton townships surrounding Chambersburg.

Greencastle municipal leaders' decision to ban burning was made Tuesday, the day after the state placed Franklin and Fulton counties under a drought watch.

The Washington Township Supervisors said Monday that a burn ban could be enacted in the 39-square-mile municipality by the end of the week. In the meantime, they encouraged residents to take steps to reduce the possibility of brush fires.

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"We're requesting people don't burn outside unless they're using a burn barrel and due diligence," Township Manager Mike Christopher said.

Burning is prohibited in Waynesboro and Chambersburg boroughs at all times.

The new burn ban in Greencastle provides an exception for Old Home Week's fireworks display Friday. St. Thomas Township has continued to allow campgrounds to use fire rings.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources reported that only Clearfield County had a countywide burn ban in place.

The state has 67 counties.

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