While it can’t be argued that the weather has been hot, the threat of fire continues to remain manageable.
Burn bans have recently been enacted by both Jefferson and Clearfield counties, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. According to DCNR, a countywide ban on open burning “can be put in place at the request of the district fire warden ... after at least 10 fire chiefs or 50 percent of the fire chiefs in the county, whichever is less, recommend and request the imposition of a temporary countywide burn ban on open fires.”
According to the Centre County Emergency Management Agency, no recommendations for a burn ban has come down from DCNR. A DCNR representative said Centre County fire chiefs have not yet reached out to him.
A DCNR fire danger classification map dated Wednesday identified central Pennsylvania as a “moderate” fire danger classification. AccuWeather reported Thursday that storms swinging up from the south will “bring downpours to the northeastern U.S. and break the back of an extended heat wave.”