The Crawford County Board of Commissioners has issued a disaster declaration due to the drought conditions.
It prohibits the following:
•Private displays of fireworks.
•Discarding of matches, ashes or any burning materials from vehicles.
•Campfires and other recreational fires, unless enclosed in a fire ring measuring 23 inches in diameter and 10 inches high in a cleared area.
•Open burning of any kind using conventional fuel such as food or other combustible matter, with exception of grills fueled by charcoal briquettes or propane.
•Burning of debris, such as timber or vegetation, including such debris that results from building construction activities.
•Charcoal from permitted grills being removed from the grills prior to being thoroughly extinguished.
It will continue and renew automatically until rescinded by the board of commissioners or as directed by Larry Allen, the county's Emergency Management Agency director.
With temperatures surpassing the 100-degree mark late last week and throughout the weekend, Allen said four churches — Hillview Christian, Lincoln Hills United Methodist, Crawford County Consolidated United Methodist and Pilot Knob United Methodist — agreed to serve as cooling centers for persons without air conditioning or who need to be out of the heat because of a medical condition.
"These are not overnight facilities, but, if someone needed overnight facilities, we could make arrangements with the Red Cross," he said.
The Floyd County Board of Commissioners also issued a burn ban on June 26.