CHEROKEE COUNTY - Judge Chris Davis has added Cherokee County to a growing list of counties adopting burn bans. 223 counties in the state now have burn bans in effect, and Judge Davis says something had to be done.
"Doing anything in this heat mowing the yard whatever is a tremendous chore. You can imagine firemen in full bunker gear 105 degree tempeture fighting fire. They're overloaded and we just don't need anything else."
So now that the county is enacted their 90-day burn ban many are wondering, what does it mean exactly?
"The burn ban means don't have open out door fires, don't build a campfire, don't burn brush piles, don't burn your trash, and with a burn ban if you were caught doing one of these things you could be fined up to $500 and it's a Class C Misdemeanor."
Judge Davis says a burn ban isn't meant to be a cure-all for fire prevention
"The thing a burn ban will not do, is prevent all fires."
Kody Killion of the Rusk fire department tells KETK. "it doesn't take much right now, mowers on the side of the road can start them just by hitting rocks from their brush hogs and different things like that."
Judge Davis says a number of things such as, welding, and grilling are fine as long as your cautious about it.
"There are things you have to watch, a burn ban won't fix stupid, it can't but hopefully it will make people think a little more before they start a fire."
For a look at the burn bans statewide click here.