Danville lifts its burning ban
DANVILLE — The city of Danville is no longer under a burning ban.
"We have received a sufficient amount of rain that has helped eliminate some of the fears we had with dry grass," said Danville Public Safety Director Larry Thomason, who announced the ban was lifted at 7 a.m. Friday.
The city had been under a no-burn order since June 28. Officials issued the ban because grass was so dry. If an ignition source, such as a discarded cigarette, had been applied, it could have caused a wildfire.
Thomason said Thursday's rains allowed the grass to receive a sufficient amount of water, making it less susceptible to ignition.
Although the ban is no longer in effect, Thomason cautioned residents when having outdoor fires.
"If outdoor burning is planned, residents are reminded that only leaves can be burned. No other materials or tree debris," he said, adding residents must have adequate firefighting equipment on hand in case there is a problem.