Multiple counties, including Woodbury, lifting burn bans

Published: May. 3, 2022 at 3:11 PM CDT
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ONAWA, IA (KTIV) - After a Spring filled with the breakout of mainly grass fires, the last counties in Iowa are officially removing their burn bans.

Monona and Woodbury counties lifted their bans last week. This Monday the 9th, Plymouth County is set to become the final county to remove its burn ban. The development is happening after what one local fire chief says has been a tough year so far.

“This year has been absolutely horrible on fires,” said Adam Sutton, Chief of the Onawa Volunteer Fire Department. “We’ve had multiple fires throughout the county, calling mutual aid. These were large, multi-acre fires. So this has been absolutely the worst year we’ve had in my entire time on the department.”

Although the burn bans are being lifted across the state, firefighters still advise people the area is in a drought, and to be careful and not burn excessively. They recommend Iowans make a plan and have safety equipment readily available, if they’re looking to burn.

“Right now, people should understand that it is a high risk to burn,” said Sutton. “We are in a major drought, and we should be more cautious on burning. And, of course, if it does get out of control to make sure that they pick up the phone and call, because pretty much all Monona county fire departments are ready.”

Although Sutton said recent rainfall was needed and has been a big help, we’re still far from the ideal conditions for burning.


SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - Plymouth County, the only northwest Iowa county to still have a burn ban in place, has announced it’ll officially end the ban on May 9.

With this announcement, all of the burn bans put into place during the ongoing dry weather will be lifted by next week.


SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - Multiple northwest Iowa counties are lifting their burn bans after weeks of dry weather.

Back in March, nine Iowa counties in Siouxland had burn bans going at the same time. Most of those counties have lifted those bans with Woodbury County being the latest. Officials have announced that Woodbury County will be ending its burn ban on the morning of May 4.

Other counties that have lifted their burn bans include Cherokee, Ida, Sac, Calhoun, Crawford, Monona and Harrison. As of Tuesday afternoon, only Plymouth County still has a burn ban in northwest Iowa.

Under Iowa law, burn bans prohibit open burning in response to extremely dry conditions or because local officials believe open burning will put people’s lives and property in danger. But it does not prohibit supervised, controlled burns that fire officials have issued a permit for. It also still allows the use of outdoor fireplaces, barbecue grills or the burning of trash in incinerators.

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