Eau Claire (WQOW) - A burning ban has been issued by the Township Fire Department for the western part of Eau Claire County because of the dry weather. The ban includes the Country Jam grounds.
"Thanks to some of the precipitation they have lowered it to high, however we do anticipate those conditions won't last for long and we will go back to very high for Eau Claire county," said Mark Porter, Township Fire Department.
Burning permits won't be issued during the ban. The only burning that is allowed will be for cooking, which is good news for those going to Country Jam.
"We will be able to allow, in the campgrounds, charcoal and gas grills, but no open flames will be allowed so you can't have tiki torches or a bon fire going on in the campgrounds," said Pamela Speckien, County Jam. "If there's open flames and something does catch it certainly could make for a disastrous situation so we definitely want to comply with everything to make sure that we're being safe for all of our fans that are here."
"I think everybody will deal with it just fine except the poor guy who sells the fire rings and fire wood, but everybody will do just fine with it," said Gail Rustad who is going to Country Jam.
A burning ban has also been issued for the entire city of Altoona. This ban will be in effect until the fire danger level has been lowered.
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