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Written by Ross E. Bergen
Monday, 19 March 2012 14:33
March 22, 2012
Effective 1:45 pm today the county-wide burn ban has been lifted with the approval of the Scott County Fire Chiefs.
March 14, 2012
At the request of the Scott County Fire Chiefs a county wide burn ban is being requested effective immediately. Coordination with the State Fire Marshal Office will be finalized Thursday morning on this request. We expect an official ban to be approved tomorrow. Due to the extremely dry conditions, the Chiefs are requesting this ban be in effect until measurable rainfall is experienced.
IOWA CODE SECTION 100.40
100.40 Marshal may prohibit open burning on request.
1. The state fire marshal, during periods of extremely dry conditions or under other
conditions when the state fire marshal finds open burning constitutes a danger to life
or property, may prohibit open burning in an area of the state at the request of the
chief of a local fire department, a city council or a board of supervisors and when
an investigation supports the need for the prohibition. The state fire marshal shall
implement the prohibition by issuing a proclamation to persons in the affected area.
The chief of a local fire department, the city council or the board of supervisors that
requested the prohibition may rescind the proclamation after notifying the state fire
marshal of the intent to do so, when the chief, city council or board of supervisors
finds that the conditions responsible for the issuance of the proclamation no longer
2. Violation of a prohibition issued under this section is a simple misdemeanor.
3. A proclamation issued by the state fire marshal pursuant to this section shall not
prohibit a supervised, controlled burn for which a permit has been issued by the fire
chief of the fire district where the burn will take place, the use of outdoor fireplaces,
barbecue grills, properly supervised landfills, or the burning of trash in incinerators
or trash burners made of metal, concrete, masonry, or heavy one-inch wire mesh,
with no openings greater than one square inch.