06/14/12 Due to the extreme drought conditions, the Marshall County Commissioners, with the support of several of the local fire chiefs, have signed an Emergency Declaration implementing a Burn Ban for Marshall County. The Fire Chiefs and Commissioners agree on Wednesday morning that Marshall County is immediately threatened by a natural disaster-specifically the county wide drought conditions and that these conditions make the county vulnerable to widespread fire hazards. The Fire Chiefs and Commissioners believe that implementing a burn ban on certain activities is an appropriate public safety response to the fire hazards presented by the current drought conditions.

In accordance with the Emergency Declaration the following activities are prohibited until further notice in Marshall County.

  1. Open burning of any kind using conventional fuel such as wood, or other combustible material, with the exception of grills fueled by charcoal briquettes or propane (charcoal from permitted grill shall not be removed from the grill until the charcoal has been thoroughly extinguished);
  2. The burning of debris, such as timber or vegetation, including such debris that results from building construction activities;
  3. Campfires and other recreation fires, unless enclosed.

The Burn Ban will be in effect beginning at noon Wednesday and will remain in place for at least the next seven (7) days. The ban may be extended or lifted after the initial seven day time period base on an assessment of drought conditions at that point.

The Marshall County Commissioners have asked all residents and visitors to Marshall County to comply with the necessary emergency measures, and to cooperate with public officials in order to keep our communities safe.