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Polk County burn ban lifted

The ban went into effect Friday, June 21 because of dry conditions.

DES MOINES, Iowa — EDITOR'S NOTE: The above video is from June 21

Polk County's burn ban has been lifted as of 8 a.m. Tuesday.

"Based on a unanimous decision from the Polk County Fire Chiefs Association, the Polk County Emergency Management Agency requested that the Iowa Fire Marshal's office lift the ban effective today," the county said in a release.

Open burning laws in Iowa Code still apply and should be referenced prior to any burning. (Iowa Code 455B 23.2).  


A burn ban is now in effect for Polk County.

Polk County Emergency Management submitted a burn ban request to the State Fire Marshal's Office on Friday.

"Upon investigation, the Fire Marshal finds that conditions in Polk County are such that open burning constitutes a danger to life or property," the Fire Marshal's Office wrote in its order.

The ban went into effect at 6 a.m. Monday and will the county says it will remain in effect "until conditions improve."

Violating the order is a simple misdemeanor.

Despite heavy rain across much of Polk County on Sunday, the area remains in an extended drought with water levels well below normal for this time of year.

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