For Immediate Release: Thursday, June 29, 2017
CONTACT: Jerry W. Derr 605.720.1625
Meade County Institutes Immediate “Burn Ban”
Sturgis, SD - Due to the extreme fire dangers that exist, the Meade County Commission has initiated an immediate county-wide burn ban. The Burn Ban Resolution will remain in effect until it is deemed by the Commission that conditions have improved.
WHEREAS, Meade County has Ordinance No. 27: Regulating Fireworks, Campfires and other Incendiary Devices in MEADE COUNTY; and
WHEREAS, Meade County is suffering from moderate to severe drought conditions due to significantly low moisture, late frost conditions, extreme heat, and strong winds; and
WHEREAS, Meade County has a substantial amount of vegetation and timbered property, increasing the potential fuel for a fire; and
WHEREAS, South Dakota Codified Law (SDCL) § 7-8-20(18) authorizes the Meade County Commission to prohibit or restrict open burning, after consultation with local fire officials and law enforcement officials, in order to protect the public health and safety; and
WHEREAS, for purposes of this Resolution, Open Fire: Means any outdoor fire, including campfires, that is not contained within a fully enclosed fire box or structure from which the products of combustion are emitted directly to the open atmosphere without passing through a stack, duct or chimney. Open Fire shall not include Charcoal Grills or Liquid Fuel Grills. Open Fire shall not include burn barrels; and
WHEREAS, Counties are only authorized by resolution, to prohibit the use of fireworks outside the boundaries of any municipality under conditions directly related to the SD Grassland fire danger index during the periods from June 20 to July 2, inclusive, and from December 28 to January 1 inclusive, which prohibits the regulation of fireworks by counties during the period from July 3 through the end of the first Sunday after July 4th, regardless of the grassland fire danger during that time period. The Meade County Commission regrets that the State limits our authority to regulate fireworks more strictly; and
WHEREAS, the Commissioners of Meade County, pursuant to SDCL § 7-18A-8, hereby deem it necessary for the immediate preservation of the public health and safety to adopt the restrictions set forth in this Resolution and it is the intent of the Meade County Board of Commissioners that the provisions of this Resolution shall take effect immediately upon passage by the Board.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Meade County enact this Resolution on an emergency basis and impose a ban to prohibit Open Fire; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Open Fire Ban will be in place until fire conditions improve and the Meade County Commission takes action to remove the ban.
Dated this 28th day of June, 2017
Galen Niederwerder, Chairman
Meade County Commission
Meade County Auditor