Iowa County Implements Burn Ban
Drought expected to bring brush fire headaches this Spring.Photo: Video by kmtv.com
Omaha, NE - It's a messy cocktail that equals a high chance for lots of fires. Right now the entire state of Nebraska is in some form of drought. It's the same thing in Iowa. Some agencies to already put burn bans in place.
Monday, Mills County emergency management will implement a burning ban. All open burning will be banned until further notice from the state fire marshal. If there are burn bans in place, and you burn and get caught, you could be arrested. You'll likely be slapped with a $750 fine.
Over the past week, firefighters across the Omaha metro have battled dozens of brush fires.
"It's not uncommon for it to go several hundred feet, just off of one little gust," Captain Brian O'Shea with the Papillion Fire Department said.
O'Shea says that the drought is the biggest problem right now.
The latest model from the U.S. drought monitor shows the entire state of Nebraska suffering from drought. 76 percent of it in the extreme category. About 90 percent of Iowa is in the red when it comes to moisture levels.