Some burn bans lifted, others remain in effect

Friday, July 13, 2012

By Clint Confehr

Senior Staff Writer

Burn bans in Lewisburg and Petersburg have been lifted because of rain.

However, Cornersville and the state's ban on open burning in the unincorporated areas of Marshall County remains in effect.

Lewisburg Fire Chief Larry Williams on Thursday morning lifted his order against open burning and the use of fireworks, but in Petersburg, Town Clerk Angie Taylor said the town lifted its burn ban "when it started raining."

Technically there was no ban in Petersburg, she said. "We were advising people," so it wasn't a ban, she said

"Everybody was respectful," Taylor said. "It was difficult with the fireworks, but most people waited."

The burn bans went into effect last month, and then, Taylor said, "It rained on the Fourth of July" so some people shot off fireworks on Independence Day, "and we've had some shot since."

Meanwhile, Cornersville's burn ban hadn't been lifted as of noon Thursday, according to Police Officer David McVey. "It's raining," he said, adding "But, I think they want to wait and see" what happens.

At the Marshall County Emergency Management Agency office, Director Bob Hopkins said the same process used to get the state to ban open burning must be followed when the county wants the ban lifted. He and others were working on that Thursday afternoon. It was unclear when the state might lift the ban. The state's ban on open burning never prohibited use of fireworks.

In Chapel Hill on Thursday afternoon, town officials were closing a water leak in the town's utility pipes, but Town Administrator Mike Hatten said he believed Fire Chief Kenneth Runk had lifted the open burning ban. Police Chief Jackie King was unsure and Runk was not immediately available.