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Burn ban continues in Horseshoe Lake Fire District

ALEXANDER COUNTY, IL (KFVS) -

The Horseshoe Lake Fire District remains under a burn ban as of September 13. According to Fire Chief Mike Honey, the recent rains were not enough to lift the ban.

The district set the ban on Saturday, September 2.

Without a measurable rainfall in a while, it's really dry outside. 

Honey put burn order in place to warn people before they burn their trash.

He explained that embers can spread fast and put not only your home at risk, but also your neighbors' home. 

"It's getting real dry. The weather is going to start to change," Honey said. "It's going to start cooling off and people are going to want to start and get out and start clearning things up. and right now we just dont want people to burn anything until we get some rainfall. Last year we had a no burn band about this time last year. and we had several brush fires last year."

These fire fighters that volunteer their time are cautioning us this year, especially people that live in rural areas next to wooded areas.

If you are under a burn ban, here's what you can and cannot burn:

No burning of any brush piles or any household trash. 

Businesses that use outdoor burning may call the Horseshoe Lake Fire District to apply for a burn permit if necessary.

You can still, however, light up the grill this Labor Day weekend with no problems.

Keep the grill away from dry grass and always have extra water in hand just in case.

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