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The process of calling a county burn ban

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BLACK HAWK COUNTY (KWWL) -

Fire officials across the state are monitoring the weather. The dry conditions have forced 10 counties in eastern Iowa to go into a county-wide burn ban, including Dubuque, Johnson and Linn Counties.

That's not the case in Black Hawk County though.

"It's one of the driest times I have ever seen and we are real concerned," said Pat Treloar, Waterloo Fire Chief.

For that reason Treloar has issued a burn ban for the city of Waterloo.

"Within our city limits we have a lot of agriculture, we have a lot of prairie grass," Treloar said.

It was Tuesday evening when we saw the result of these dry conditions. A fire ignited the grass near a rural Janesville home.

Firefighters contained the blaze, but chances are it may not be the last one crews face in the coming weeks.

"There are several areas that I know the Waterloo Fire Chief mentioned to me that he is concerned about because of the dry grass and those areas so it will be helpful once we get that in place," said Lorie Glover with Black Hawk County Emergency Management.

Glover understands the dangers of these dry conditions.

"On Monday we received a couple of requests from two different towns within Black Hawk County just inquiring about a burn ban," said Glover.

Cedar Falls, Evansdale and Raymond have also issued burn bans.

For Glover, the next step in the process is recommending the burn ban to the board of supervisors. However, the next time the board meets is Tuesday.

"Then it goes to the State Fire Marshal and the State Fire Marshal actually is the one who puts the burn ban in place for the entire county," said Glover.

As for now, fire officials ask that you err on the side of caution if you do not live in the city limits where there is a burn ban in place.

"I would encourage anybody in this area to not burn at all. That includes out in the country, includes not burning garbage or any kind of brush burning at all," said Treloar.

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