The continuing wave of a mix of scorching heat and lack of rainfall is to blame for a recent ban on all open burning fires, including campfires, in the greater Round Lake Area fire protection district and the village of Hainesville.
According to officials, there has been an increase in the number of fires due to the drought. Hainesville mayor Linda Soto said fees would be assessed to individuals who violate the ban and cause fire departments to answer fire alarm calls.
"The heat has created a dangerous fire threat," Soto said.
The ban does not affect cooking grills in which the fire is contained and supervised, but officials warn that extreme care should be exercised as sparks from ashes could ignite fires.
Residents are reminded of the odd/even number watering ordinance; it states that odd number addresses can water on even number days from midnight to 9 a.m. and 6 p.m to midnight. Even number addresses may water during the same hours on odd number days.
There is no watering from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on any day. Hand watering is allowed.