After a meeting with the Linn County Commission and E911 director, the Linn County burn ban is still in effect until further notice.

The burn ban was ordered for Linn County by the County Commission July 13 earlier this year.

Since mid-July Linn County has been under a burn ban. The Linn County Presiding Commissioner Dick King talked with E911 director Dan King and local fire departments regarding the ban.

According to dick King, he believes the ban makes sense.

“This is a commonsense ban, it’s more of a deterrent than anything else,” King said.

Prior to the ban being set, Dan King met with the state fire marshal, who determined Linn County be under a burn ban. The fire marshal determined the ban based on current drought projections.

Currently, Linn County and all surrounding counties are facing prolonged drought this year. At the time the ban was ordered Linn County was at the D3 extreme drought level, the level has stayed the same, although it could be increased to the D4 exceptional drought level. The drought data is provided by the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Although Linn County and portions of northern Missouri have received some rain, it’s not enough to lift the ban. July 23, Brookfield instituted a water resolution offering ways citizens could cut back on water usage during the drought. At that time, the Brookfield reservoirs were low, but not at the point of stopping water usage.

Dan King says continue abiding by the ban.

“The burn ban will remain in effect until further notice,” King said. “We have decided to leave it in place, it will be lifted if we receive very significant rain for a prolonged period of time.”

The burn ban states no Linn County citizens shall not have outdoor burns. If caught burning, you may face a fine up to $2,000, a year in jail, or both. Recently, a Linn County citizen was charged with a Class A Misdemeanor for having an open fire in a dumpster at an old hotel South of U.S. Highway 36 and West of Brookfield. The individual was apprehended July 27 and will appear in court Sept. 6.

The drought monitor suggests northern Missouri may stagnate on precipitation. Although the county has received some rain and fair weather in the past two weeks, it will not be sustained. According to the drought monitor, the remainder of August and the month of September will have above average temperatures and some rain. The drought monitor is predicting similar weather patterns for the remainder of the year.