Berks County Commissioners authorize chief operations officer to enact and rescind any future burn bans

  • Source: WFMZ-TV 69 Allentown
  • Published: 06/06/2023 01:01 PM

The Berks County Commissioners took proactive measures Tuesday morning in the event dry conditions continue and a countywide ban on outdoor burning could become necessary. The commissioners approved a resolution authorizing the chief operations officer to enact and rescind any future temporary countywide bans on outdoor burning. Commissioner Christopher Y. Leinbach emphasized that the county is not putting a burning ban in place at this point. “We cannot put a burn ban in place unilaterally, as it requires a recommendation from DCNR 's (Department of Conservation and Natural Resources) district forester asking or calling for a burn ban, and it also requires a certain percentage of fire chiefs in Berks County to call on the county to put a burn ban in place,” Leinbach said.


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