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Open burning ban continues in Cerro Gordo county

OPEN BURNING BAN CONTINUES — The Fire Chiefs of the fire departments in Cerro Gordo County want to remind citizens that the open burning ban issued by the State Fire Marshal on July 17, 2012 is still in effect.

The cooler temperatures and rainfall over the past few days has slightly reduced the dry conditions across the County.

However, these conditions are not expected to last. “Even given the rainfall over the last few days, crop and field conditions are still very dry,” advises Mason City Fire Chief Bob Platts. “There is still a lot of dry material which could cause a fire to quickly get out of hand,” according to Chief Platts.

The Fire Chiefs in the County do not anticipate that the open burning ban will be lifted anytime soon. “Until the conditions are a little more favorable, it is better to err on the safe side,” reports Steve O’Neil, Cerro Gordo County’s Emergency Management Coordinator, on the continuing of the open fire burning ban. Anyone with any questions should contact the Fire Chief for their local fire department. For more information on the proclamation issued by the State Fire Marshal, please go to the City of Mason City’s webpage,

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