A burn ban has been issued for Cherry County effective 4/21/2023. The ban primarily applies to permit required open burns such as brush piles, leaves, etc. All burn permits will remain suspended until the burn ban has been lifted. Please stay safe and practice fire prevention. Open pit fires, campfires, bale wrap, and the burning of yard waste or other materials is not allowed. Grills, gas fire pits, fireplaces, wood burning stoves, and burn barrels (properly secured to ground with fire grates or spark arresters) are permitted.

Anyone found to be in violation of this burn ban could be held liable for damages caused by the spread of fire.

Fire Chiefs urge landowners to keep stock tanks full to help with water supply should the need arise and thanks in advance for their cooperation and assistance.

Ainsworth Fire Chief Brad Fiala said, in consultation with the fire chiefs in Rock County and Keya Paha County, a burn ban will remain in effect for all three counties. Fiala said that no burn permits will be issued in Brown, Rock or Keya Paha counties until conditions improve. The area picked up a limited amount of moisture Tuesday, but conditions remain dry and much of the vegetation in the three counties is still dormant. Fiala said the fire chiefs would provide notice if conditions improve to the point that burn permits can be issued.