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Thomas remarked.

The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation and Natural Resources lists on its website areas where burn bans are necessary. Currently, there is only a county-wide burn ban for Schuylkill County.

The DCNR defines what’s prohibited in a burn ban 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 the burn bans. When a more severe, state-wide burn ban is enacted, the smoking of tobacco outdoors is also prohibited.

The DCNR goes on to state the reason for a burn ban as “a tool used to protect life, property and our natural resources from wildfire.”