Rainfall today and over the last week has prompted Clarke County Administrator David Ash to rescind the burning ban that has been in place most of the summer.
“As a result of the recent rainfall and the more moderate weather forecast for the immediate future, I am exercising the authority delegated to me by the Board of Supervisors pursuant to Chapter 93, Article I, Section 93.3 to rescind at 12 noon, Monday, October 4, 2010, the local prohibition on outdoor burning within the County of Clarke, imposed on July 12, 2010” Ash said in an electronic mail announcement this morning.
Nearly inch of rain has fallen since yesterday evening. The current cloudburst follows close on the heels of tropical depression Nicole that drops several additional inches of moisture across Clarke County last week.
Ash pointed out that his action does not rescind the limitations on outdoor burning imposed by Chapter 10.1-1142 of the Code of Virginia, as amended, which restricts burning to the hours between 4:00 p.m. and 12:00 midnight and imposes other restrictions on the nature and location of permissible fires. Neither does it prohibit the imposition or continuation of burning bans or regulations by agencies or organizations otherwise authorized or empowered to impose such regulations or bans.
Although the recent rains have significantly reduced the dry conditions that plagued the area all summer residents need to be vigilant when burning by using good judgment and discretion before lighting any outdoor fire and taking proper precautions to insure that the fire is controlled during the hours burning is permitted.
An outdoor fire should not be left unattended until it is completely extinguished.