What a coincidence: The heat is on, and so is a statewide burn ban for the rest of the summer.
The state Department of Natural Resources announced the ban Friday. It takes effect Monday and runs through Sept. 30. The ban applies to all state forest lands under the agencys protection (excluding federal land).
Its part of an annual push to limit wildfires on public lands. So far this year, 57 wildfires have started from outdoor burn piles, which have burned approximately 202 acres, according to the department.
We must take prudent steps to prevent wildfires and minimize the large expenditures of public resources spent to fight them, said Peter Goldmark, the states commissioner of public lands.
Self-contained propane stoves and gas grills are allowed. The ban covers all outdoor burning on state-protected forestlands, with the following exceptions:
Recreational fires in approved fire pits within designated state, county, municipal or other campgrounds.
Department-approved fires implemented to enhance or restore fire-dependent ecosystems and forest health.