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Dry Weather Leads to Burning Ban in Easton

Rain this weekend could lift the ban.

 

If you've walked into the on Lothrop Street in the last three weeks, you've probably noticed the sign on the front desk with a message regarding burning permits.

Because of a severe drought, the town isn't allowing burning, Captain William Downy said Friday.

"If we get the rain they're talking about this weekend, we'll probably open it up Monday," he said.

Normal burning season for Easton lasts until May 1. However, this year's lack of rain and has limited burning.

The high risk caused the National Weather Service to issue a special statement on Friday.

"Dry weather will continue through today with relative humidity values dropping to between 25 and 30 percent this afternoon across much of the region away from the immediate south coast," The statement read. "Winds will be a little stronger than yesterday but still below red flag warning criteria. There will be some gusts between 20 and 25 mph during the mid and late afternoon.

Despite the burning ban, Easton Fire Officials responded to four brush fires this past week.

The first of which, on Monday, was a mutual aid call in West Bridgewater. On Tuesday, officials responded to Wedgewood Drive. Thursday sent responders to 327 Bay Road and 503 Foundry Street.

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