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Burn ban remains in place

Great Bend firefighters battle a wildland fire east of Great Bend in this file photo. Despite recent rains, the Barton County Commission Monday left the county-wide burn ban in place.

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The thunderstorms that drenched parts of Barton County Sunday night were scattered, besides, the fickle Kansas weather can dry things up in a heartbeat. These reasons prompted the County Commission Monday morning to let stand the county-wide temporary burn ban.
County Emergency Manager Amy Miller said this is not an emergency declaration, as was the case in 2012 when the Commission had to renew the ban each week. Instead, the ban which was first enacted in March, is a “home-rule resolution” that will remain in place until the Commission decides to lift it.
Miller told commissioners she had emailed the ...


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