GIRARD — A county-wide burn ban — which had been in effect over a month — was lifted by the Crawford County Commission at its regular meeting Tuesday.

The ban was put into effect by the commissioners at their February 24 meeting, based on the recommendation of the Crawford County Firefighters Association.

CCFA President Rod Pulliam said the ban was recommended after many county fire districts reported battling out-of-control grass fires. The fires were attributed to dry conditions and high winds.

According to County Counselor Jim Emerson, Pulliam contacted him via email to inform the commissioners that it was safe to lift the ban.

After receiving some rainfall in Crawford County and the fact that vegetation is greening up it is the opinion of the association that it will be safe to lift the burn ban,” Pulliam said in the email. “However, if conditions become less favorable, the burn ban will have to be reinstated.”

While the ban is lifted and open burning is once again permitted in Crawford County, Pulliam said it is imperative that residents follow the Crawford County Open Burning Guidelines, which can be found at www.crawfordcountykansas.org.

Pulliam also encouraged residents to make sure sure they are in compliance with the state of Kansas when burning.

“Persons wishing to conduct an open burn need to notify the Crawford County Sheriff’s Deptartment before they start a fire,” Pulliam said. “And to check local conditions.”

Open burning applies to burning fields, brush, trash and more. Even with the burn ban lifted, residents are still encouraged to contact the sheriff’s department or local fire district before burning anything.

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at choener@morningsun.net or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.