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Burning ban remains in effect

The ban on outdoor burning issued August 12 remains in effect despite localized rains received Wednesday and Thursday of last week. The initial order banning outdoor burning was issued last Monday during a meeting of the Franklin County Commissioners Court.

 The ban went into effect immediately; however, local area fire departments were called to the scene of several grass fires during the week. Five burning ban violations were reported last week. For more information, see the Aug. 22 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.