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Based on a review of the drought index, coupled with concerns from area fire departments, the Polk County Commissioners Court enacted a burn ban for the unincorporated areas of the county during an emergency called meeting Friday.

The order prohibiting outdoor burning will remain in effect for a period of 30 days and will expire at the end of said period or upon the date the Court determines, by order, that the circumstances no longer create a public safety hazard.

Under notification of suspected outdoor burning, the fire department assigned to the location of the fire shall respond to the scene and take immediate measures to contain and extinguish the fire.

A person who knowingly or intentionally violates the order commits a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to $500, in accordance with Section 352.081 of the Local Government Code. Onalaska City Council to meet

In related activity, the Onalaska City Council has called a special meeting for noon Monday to review and consider action on an ordinance prohibiting outdoor burning.

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