All Of Scott County Under A Burn Ban Due To Dry Weather, Strong Winds
It's going to be gorgeous this weekend in the Quad Cities. Sunny, hot, and great weather to enjoy a fire. Except you won't be able to enjoy a fire this weekend or for a while in Scott County as a burn ban was issued for the entire county. You can thank Mother Nature for ruining your weekend fire fun but it's for the safety of you and your neighbors.
In a press release on Friday, the Scott County Emergency Management Agency, in conjunction with the local Fire Chiefs and the State Fire Marshalls Office, determined that open burning constitutes a danger to life & property in Scott County, Iowa. Why is that?
Why Can't I Have A Fire In Scott County?!
According to the National Weather Service of the Quad Cities, Scott County is under an Elevated Fire Danger due to dry weather conditions, gusty winds, low relative humidity, and dried vegetation in agricultural areas. South to southwest winds is expected to gust to 25 to 35 mph through early Friday evening. The combination of these winds, warm temperatures, low relative humidities, and cured agricultural fields will lead to high fire danger.
The National Weather Service of the Quad Cities says if a fire were to ignite in this environment, it would spread quickly and be difficult to control.
With all of that being said, the Scott County Emergency Management Agency, pursuant to Iowa Code 100.40(1), has issued a Burn Ban.
The Burn Ban went into effect at 09:00 a.m. Friday morning for all of Scott County, Iowa.
The Scott County Emergency Management Agency says that the burn ban will be in effect until further notice.
When the conditions improve allowing for a lift of the burn ban, further notification will be sent.
You can find additional information and details by clicking on the links below:
- State of Iowa Fire Marshal Burn Ban
- National Weather Service Drought Monitor Graphics
- Iowa Code 100.40 for Burn Ban
- Scott County Emergency Agency