The following statement is from the Randolph County Sheriffs office. Please note that the burn ban excludes Union City since we have our own specific oridinances.
Effective 1030 June 26th, 2012, The Randolph County Commissioners issued a Disaster Proclamation due to the ongoing drought conditions and the increased risk of widespread fire hazards. As such, the Commissioners have issued a burn ban for Randolph County. This burn ban excludes the Cities of Winchester and Union City; each having their own respective burning ordinances which prohibit open burning.
The burn ban was issued for the protection of the lives and property of all the people of Randolph County. As such the burn ban prohibits:
*Campfires and recreational fires, unless enclosed in a ring with the dimensions of 23 inches in diameter x 10 inches high or higher;
*Open burning of any kind using conventional fuels such as wood, or other combustible matter, with the exception of grills fueled by charcoal or propane;
*The burning of debris, such as timber or vegetation, including such debris that results from building construction activities.
Burning is only permitted in burn barrels with a 1/4 inch mesh top from dawn to dusk only.
Charcoal from permitted grills shall not be removed from the grills until the charcoal has been thoroughly extinguished.
In addition, it's strongly encouraged that our residents attend public displays of fireworks and limit their personal use of fireworks to those that do not leave the ground, and that they refrain from using aerial firework devices.
All residents are called upon and directed to comply with necessary emergency measures, to cooperate with public officials and disaster service forces in executing emergency operation plans, and to obey and comply with the lawful directions of properly identified officers.
Those in violation of this disaster declaration may be civilly responsible for any damages created by unlawful burning. Furthermore, the Randolph County Emergency Management Ordinance specified a penalty up to $2,500 per violation.
This Emergency Disaster Proclamation shall be in effect until July 3, 2012. The Board of Commissioners shall revisit the emergency to decide of an extension is warranted and necessary.