Richland County is currently under a measure that bans all burning.
The ban went into effect Monday, after Brett Lambrecht, Richland County emergency manager, got approval from the Richland County Commissioners. The ban does not allow burning of any kind. Lambrecht stressed that this includes bonfires, leaf burning and grass burning.
The ban could be in place for a while longer too, Lambrecht said, that even if there is cooler air, it doesn’t change the fact that there is still too many dry areas. He said that the county has to wait until there is more moisture.
According to Weather.com, Thursday, Oct. 4 will be the only day with a high chance of precipitation at 60 percent. The rest of the forecast for the next 10 days shows most precipitation to be around 10 percent at the most.
Lambrecht said that he wants people to take extra care during this dry season and explains that the ban is “just a precaution to save lives and property.”
He added how the abundance of dry conditions means that many things can set off fires, for example, the train that rolled through town last week and started grass fires.