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UPDATE: Burn Ban Lift


The York County Board of Commissioners has lifted the burn ban in place in York County.

The board reached its decision after consultation with after consultation with the York County Fire Chiefs Association, who advised that recent area rain, along with additional projected rainfall and higher relative humidity created conditions conducive to removing the ban.

Rescinding the ban means that open burning – in accordance with residents’ respective municipalities – is now legal in York County. If residents are to engage in open burning, the board urges them to exercise caution in doing so, as such fires could still grow unmanageable. Please keep in mind that as of Monday, all of Pennsylvania remains in a drought watch, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

The lifting of the ban also means fireworks are now permitted, although residents should abide by state law and also their municipality’s ordinances in regard to proper use.

Original Story:

On Friday, June 2, the York County Commissioners passed Resolution 2023-12 which established a 30 day temporary burn ban for all of York County, effective today June 5, 2023. The burn ban was implemented due to a long period of dry conditions which aids a dangerous wildfire threat.

Open burning of ANY TYPE is prohibited.  

Residents should be sure to:

  • Safely dispose of any charcoal from cooking
  • Fully put out cigarettes
  • If you see smoke in any wooded area or field – call 911 right away

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