ROACHDALE -- Due to the ongoing drought the Roachdale council has declared a fire burning, and fireworks, ban to be in place until July 11.
The ban took effect on Tuesday at 10 p.m. and will remain in place until the same time on July 11.
This may be inconvenient timing for residents who had hoped to celebrate the July 4 holiday with a fireworks display, but the emergency proclamation declared by the council states that the town is immediately threatened.
Fire is still permitted in above ground grills and in burn barrels protected by a quarter-inch mesh top between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.
The proclamation also states that "all public officers and employees of (Roachdale) are hereby directed to exercise the utmost diligence in the discharge of duties required of them for the duration of the emergency."
Roachdale's ban is different from the county-wide ban, which is in place until further notice.