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Clay County is Serious About Burn Ban Enforcement
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The Clay County Sheriff's Office has been in constant communication with Clay County fire and administrative officials regarding the July 4th holiday and the impact of a potential burn ban.  The threat of wild fires caused by any type of fireworks or outdoor burning is at an all-time high, according to forest service officials and violations of a burn ban, if extended through the holiday, will be taken very seriously.  Notice of a burn ban extension will come to you via Clay County Fire Rescue.

In the case of a burn ban extension (one that includes the July 4th holiday), Sheriff Beseler will direct his personnel to have a "zero tolerance" policy towards those who violate the ban.  If there is a burn ban in effect on July 4th, 2011 and deputies encounter residents using any type of firework, the person will face a 2nd-degree misdemeanor for the ordinance violation and will be issued a notice to appear in court on that charge.

Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler emphasizes the importance of adhering to the guidelines of the ordinance.  "This is very serious," Beseler said. "Already, two firemen have lost their lives fighting wildfires in a nearby county and we don't need that tragedy to happen here for any reason", he said.  Beseler and his staff encourage residents to instead attend and enjoy public fireworks displays on Independence Day.  Public displays will likely be exempt from any burn ban extension because they are conducted over water and/or have fire personnel on stand by at the locations. 

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