RESOLUTION TO PROVIDE FOR TEMPORARY EMERGENCY REGULATION OF FIRE HAZARDS IN MCCOOK COUNTY
A RESOLUTION TO PROVIDE FOR TEMPORARY EMERGENCY REGULATION OF FIRE HAZARDS IN MCCOOK COUNTY
WHEREAS, McCook County is experiencing very dry conditions due to the lack of rain, and
WHEREAS, McCook County is dedicated in taking steps to protect the health and safety of all residents of the County and all property within the County, and
WHEREAS, the McCook County Commission has consulted with the Emergency & Disaster Services Director, who has consulted with local fire officials in regard to the severity of this issue, and
WHEREAS, for purposes of this Resolution, “open burning” shall be defined as any outdoor fire, including but not limited to campfires, warning fires, charcoal grill fires, or the prescribed burning of fence rows, fields, wild lands, trash and debris. This resolution excludes fires contained within liquid-fueled or gas fueled stoves, fireplaces within all buildings, charcoal grill fires at private residences and permanent fire pits or fire grates located on supervised developed picnic grounds and campgrounds, and
WHEREAS, unduly hazardous fire conditions now exist in McCook County, and
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the McCook County Commissioners enact this resolution on an emergency basis and impose a ban to prohibit or restrict open burning in order to protect the public health and safety, effective June 22, 2021.
Allowances will be made for authorized burns.
Contact BJ Stiefvater, Emergency Management Director @ 421-8392.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the ban will be in place until fire conditions improve as determined by Emergency personnel within McCook County.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a fine not to exceed Five hundred dollars for each violation, or imprisonment for a period not to exceed thirty days for each violation, or both the fine and imprisonment, if found in violation of this Resolution, as per South Dakota Codified Law 7-18A-2, and that the costs for suppressing any fire, including response fees, mutual aid assistance from other agencies or fire departments, reimbursement to governments for suppression efforts and compensation to the firefighters for time from their employment, be borne by the individual or individuals responsible for setting the fire.
Dated this 22th day of June, 2021.