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In light of fires, commission implements burn ban

A volunteer sorts donated supplies at Ashland High School Saturday afternoon. The halls of the school were filled with items donated to help victims of the prairie fires in the area. The school also housed first responders and other volunteers.

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 Citing extremely dry conditions and high winds creating an “imminent threat of fire,” the Barton County Commission Monday morning signed a resolution establishing a temporary burn ban for Barton County. 

It went into effect at 12:01 p.m. Monday and prohibits all outdoor open burning in the rural areas of the county. It will remain in force until the commission votes to rescind it.

Barton County Emergency Manager Amy Miller said agricultural burning for crop and pasture management practices (such as Conservation Reserve Program ground) may be exempted only with written permit by the local fire chief. Questions should ...

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