Cherry County Emergency Management, in corroberation with area fire chiefs, issued a burn ban for Cherry County due to the extreme drought conditions. A lack of precipitation, high winds and hot temperatures allowed the dry conditions to take hold across the region for several months. However, multiple winter storm events since mid December provided the region with a thick blanket of snow. With a wet start to the month of January and the new year, the Valentine area is roughly an inch over average at this time. This has allowed Cherry County Emergency Management to lift the burn ban in Cherry County. According to Emergency Management Director Matt Sandoz, this simply lifts the hold on burn permits issued by respective fire chiefs in the area. Area landowners adn residents will still need to get these permits prior to any burns in order to stay within state statute. If anyone has any questions, listeners are urged to contact their respective fire chief or the office of Cherry County Emergency Management at 402-376-2420.