Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Statewide burn ban ordered in Vermont

Posted: May 05, 2015 11:24 AM EDT Updated: May 05, 2015 11:26 AM EDT

A statewide burn ban has been ordered in Vermont.

The state forestry division issued the rarely used order beginning at 3 p.m. Tuesday due to extremely dry conditions.

Crews responded to about a dozen brush fires Monday, and more fires were reported Tuesday. In many cases, they started as controlled burns that then got out of control.

State law requires people to get a local permit before burning and fire wardens can restrict burning in dry, windy weather. But state officials say the conditions are now so severe that all burning is off limits for the next two weeks.

This is the first statewide burn ban in Vermont since 2005.

New York has an annual burn ban in effect until next week.

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