Bulletin Staff Report

Violating the burn ban is a jailable offense, and deputies are enforcing the ban, Brown County Sheriff’s Sgt. David Mercer said.

“We’re still getting calls (about) people burning stuff,” Mercer said. “There is a burn ban. People need to understand — as much ran as we had through the summer and spring, there is a lot of grass.

“There are lots of fire hazards right now and people need to understand they cannot burn — not to mention, people are civilly liable, too.”

A burn ban violation is a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 180 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,000, Mercer said.

A man was initially cited for reckless damage after a trash fire near Bangs on Monday got out of control and started a grass fire, Mercer said. Reckless damage is a Class C misdemeanor and a further charge is possible, he said.