The Jackson County Board of Supervisors has issued a burn ban for the entire county effective immediately. All outside burning is now prohibited including barrel burning and campfires.
Violations of the burn ban carry a minimum $500 fine.
The ban encompasses all areas of Jackson County including the cities and unincorporated areas, and will remain in place until June 6, unless conditions improve.
Ray Watson, Jackson County Fire Coordinator, recommended the burn ban in response to dry conditions and the growing threat of wild fires.
According to the National Weather Service the coastal counties are approximately 15 inches behind average rainfall for the year. Even though a possibility of rain is predicted for Thursday and Friday, the amount of precipitation (<.1/2") will not be enough to correct the dry conditions.
Cooking on outside charcoal and gas grills is permitted. Grill users are asked to stay alert and caution while working with open flames and hot embers.