At a special meeting Thursday morning, the Johnson County Commissioners signed Resolution No. 459A, implementing full fire restrictions in the county, effective immediately.
The restrictions were enacted in response to dry conditions which have sparked numerous fires, including the 25,000-plus acre Cato Fire east of Buffalo.
The full fire ban includes open fires and flames and fireworks on all county-owned lands.
A full fire and fireworks ban at the Mikesell-Potts Recreation Area at Lake DeSmet is also in effect, according to the commission.
The City of Buffalo also has full fire and fireworks restrictions in effect, and Mayor Randy Dyess, who was at the county's special meeting this morning, said city police will be fining individuals shooting off fireworks in the city.
Fireworks stands are still able to sell fireworks, and persons can legally buy and possess fireworks, but they are illegal to set off in the city and county.
Although no specific restrictions were given by the commissioners, county fire, or the county attorney's office, common sense should be used to interpret the ban.
If anyone has questions, contact the county commissioner's office at 684-7555 or Buffalo's City Hall at 684-5566.
The fire and fireworks ban is in effect until further notice