Effective Thursday September 8, 2016, Franklin Township in Adams County as well as many other municipalities of Adams County has enacted a Burn Ban for ALL open burning. As posted earlier, the conditions are very dry, and until a reasonable amount of rain occurs, the Burn Ban will remain in effect. The ban is in place to protect life, property and natural resources. Any opening burning will be extinguished and violators will be subject to fines from the DCNR or Pennsylvania State Police.
“Open burning” is defined as the ignition and subsequent burning of any combustible material (garbage, leaves, grass, twigs, litter, paper, vegetative matter involved with land clearing, or any sort of debris) out-of-doors either in a burn barrel or on the ground. The use of propane or gas stoves, charcoal briquette grills, or the use of tobacco in any form is not covered under county burn bans. Camp fires are allowed in the fire rings that confine and contain the camp fire in a designated state, federal, or Department of Environmental Protection licensed campground.