BY MELANIE WADE –
A burn ban remains in effect for Polk County, along with 31 other counties in the state, following a lack of adequate rainfall last month. After having above average rainfall from February through August of this year, September turned out to be extremely dry, causing hazardous fire conditions for much of the state.
According to U.S. Climate Data, the average rainfall in Polk County for the month of September is 4.8 inches. For September 2017, the actual rainfall total was much lower, and only registered 0.39 inches of precipitation. For some parts of the area, no rainfall was received for the entire month.
Although October has brought a small amount of rainfall to some areas, it measures just over an inch, and is not near enough of the amount it will require to lift the current burn ban.
Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison issued the burn ban on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 9 a.m. It will remain in effect until further notice. Fines are issued for those who choose to burn while the ban is in effect and are enforceable by the Polk County Sheriff’s Department.