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Spring Grove lifts burning ban

SPRING GROVE – The village of Spring Grove and the Spring Grove Fire Protection District on Friday lifted the burning ban put into effect July 13.

After a large field fire at Winn Road and Main Street, and based on drought conditions, the agencies banned burning that was not already prohibited by the McHenry County Department of Health and village ordinances.

Fire Chief Rich Tobiasz said in a news release that there had been sufficient rain over the past two weeks to renew plant growth and make burning available again.

Lifting the ban permits the use of charcoal-fired grills and campfires. As a reminder, campfires are backyard fires that burn clean wood and are no larger than 3 feet by 3 feet by 3 feet.

Tobiasz suggests that anyone using a charcoal-fired grill or having a campfire continuously monitor the fire and have a method to extinguish it.

Any open fires larger than a campfire are considered "bonfires" and require a permit from the health department. The fire department must be notified and will inspect the proposed site to be certain that it complies with the ordinance.

The open burning of landscape waste remains prohibited by ordinance until Oct. 1. Other open burning, including garbage, cardboard and other materials is strictly prohibited at all times.

For information, call Tobiasz at 815-675-2450.

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