September 23, 2014

Fire Ban

FALL RIVER COUNTY RESOLUTION # 2012- 9
A RESOLUTION TO PROVIDE FOR TEMPORARY EMERGENCY REGULATION
OF FIRE HAZARDS IN FALL RIVER COUNTY
WHEREAS,
the Fall River County Commission is charged with protecting the healthand safety of the citizens of Fall River County including all property situated therein; and
WHEREAS,
the Fall River County Commission has consulted with local fire officials, law enforcement and emergency management officials concerning the threat posed by wildfires; and
WHEREAS,
the threat of wildfires in Fall River County is such so as to pose a significant danger to the health and safety of the citizens of Fall River County including property situated therein; and
WHEREAS,
the Fall River County Commission has deemed it necessary to enact certain temporary controls to reduce the threat posed to the citizens and property of Fall River  County by wildfires.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED,
that pursuant to SDCL 7-8-20 (18) the Fall River County Commission does hereby enact this resolution to insure public safety on an emergency basis, effective immediately and impose a ban on all open burning and fireworks except for petroleum fueled or charcoal briquette fueled grills used for preparing food. This burn ban applies to any resident in Fall River County outside any municipality or land within the Black Hills Fire Protection District, and is in effect when the fire index reaches the HIGH, VERY HIGH or EXTREME level. Residents will be allowed to use gas fueled or charcoal fired BBQ grills and will be allowed open burning when the fire index is at the LOW or MODERATE level. Campfires will NOT be allowed on private land or licensed commercial
campgrounds Campgrounds operated by the State of South Dakota or US Government must
follow the established laws and regulations.
IT IS FURTHER RESOLVED,
that this open burning ban will remain in effect until
repealed by the Fall River County Commission. Pursuant to SDCL 7-18A-2 the penalty for
violating this resolution shall include a fine not to exceed two hundred dollars for each violation and/or imprisonment for a period not to exceed thirty days for each violation; or both such fine and imprisonment. Additionally person(s) in violation of this burn ban may be responsible for
any and all suppression costs.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED,
that the Fall River County Commission declares an emergency and this resolution shall be in effect immediately in order to protect the peace, health and safety of the citizens of Fall River County.

Dated this 20th day of March, 2012.