As dry, windy conditions persist and the region continues to see no rain, a burn ban has been issued in Washington County.

County commissioners issued the ban, effective immediately, on Nov. 2. It is in place until further notice.

Residents are not allowed to improperly dispose of cigarettes or have open fires of any type, including campfires, bonfires, yard burns, or trash burning.

Grill cooking is allowed. 

Washington County Emergency Management Coordinator Connie Welch said the northern part of the county is below six to eight inches of normal rainfall levels.

The low humidity with the cold front coming in has made burns “more volatile,†she said. The combination of colder weather, wind, and no rain necessitated the burn ban, Welch said.

“Everything’s very dry right now,†she said.