Due to continuing dry conditions in the area, Henry County Administrator Tim Hall has issued an immediate ban on all outdoor burning in Henry County.
Unusually dry weather conditions have created a high risk of wildfires; therefore, effective December 4, 2021, all outdoor burning is prohibited until further notice. The only exceptions to this ban are covered gas, electric or charcoal barbecue grills/smokers and manufactured outdoor wood furnaces.
The effects of successive weeks of very little rainfall have significantly elevated the dangers of fire throughout the County.
“Henry County hasn’t seen this level of fire danger since our last burn ban in September 2019,” said Lisa Garrett, Fire Marshal. “Conditions are dangerous, and we need everyone to understand the seriousness of this issue. We need this ban for everyone’s protection.”
A permit for outside fires may still be obtained during the ban under certain conditions. Please contact the Fire Marshal’s Office or go online at www.hcdps.com for more information.
The National Weather Service forecasters expect these extreme conditions to continue into the near future, with only a slight chance for precipitation during that period. This will contribute to the County’s already challenging firefighting conditions.
Residents are asked to cooperate by adhering to this ban until it is rescinded. Failing to comply with this ban may result in criminal charges.
Contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at 276-634-4660 with questions.