By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

Burn ban list continues to grow

Osceola County now barred from open burning


October 6, 2022


According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, parts of Clay and O'Brien counties are listed as experiencing four different stages of drought ranging from abnormally dry to extreme.

Open burning in Osceola County is prohibited indefinitely following a request granted Friday by the Iowa State Fire Marshal.

The ban will be in place until dry and windy conditions dissipate. The request was submitted to state officials by Osceola County Emergency Management Coordinator Dan Bechler, who did so with the support of all fire departments in the county.

Osceola County joins nine other counties in the state with open burning bans. A burn ban in O'Brien County has been in place since Sept. 19.

According to the order, "open burning constitutes a danger to life or property" during p...

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