Pottawatomie County is now under a burn ban.



At Monday's Pottawatomie County Board of County Commissioners meeting, commissioners approved the 14-day burn ban.

Pottawatomie County is now under a burn ban.

At Monday's Pottawatomie County Board of County Commissioners meeting, commissioners approved the 14-day burn ban.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Pottawatomie County is currently under drought conditions and there is no more than an inch of rain in the forecast over the next three days.

A majority of the county's fire officials agreed that an extreme fire danger exists.

Eight of the county's 14 fire chiefs polled in the area voted in favor of the burn ban, while five were opposed. One chief had no response.

In the county's burn ban resolution, it states that “any person violating this resolution shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be subject to a fine of not more than $500, to imprisonment of not more than one year, or to both such fine and imprisonment.”

Exceptions to the ban may be allowed through a permit process if those are applied for and approved by fire chiefs.

If extreme fire conditions exist, commissioners can choose to pass subsequent resolutions. A Governor's burn ban supersedes county burn bans.

Nearby Seminole County is also under a county burn ban, along with other counties to the south and east, while a Governor's burn ban is in effect for the western half of the state.

In other commission news:

The commissioner approved vacating 808 West Main and 702 West Main and will donate the properties to the City of Shawnee.

The commissioners approved a contract with Audrey Wasson, RN, and the Pottawatomie County Health Department. The contract began on Jan. 29, 2018 and will run though June 30, 2018.

Wasson will provide nursing services in support of Pottawatomie County Health Department clinics and other public health duties as assigned.