A ban on open burning in rural Webster County and its small cities that's been in place for about four months will end Wednesday.
The burning ban will be lifted at 8 a.m. Wednesday, according to Tony Jorgensen, the county's emergency management coordinator.
The prohibition on opening burning included Badger, Barnum, Callender, Clare, Dayton, Duncombe, Gowrie, Harcourt, Lehigh, Moorland, Otho, Vincent and unincorporated areas of the county.
Jorgensen said he polled the fire chiefs in those communities and they indicated it is now safe to lift the ban. He said recent rain combined with the fact that most crops have been harvested now makes it possible to allow open burning again.
The ban, prompted by a summer long drought, was imposed July 19.
A similar ban was put in place in Fort Dodge at the same time. Because burning trash is always illegal and burning yard waste is prohibited except during times specified by the City Council, the ban inside the city limits essentially prevented people from using outdoor fireplaces or fire pits. The city burning ban ended Aug. 27.
Open burning of yard waste in Fort Dodge will be allowed starting Saturday and ending on Oct. 28.