By The Hays Daily News

RUSSELL -- Russell County commissioners passed a burn ban Tuesday, joining several counties in the northwest Kansas region.

The Russell County ban joins those approved Monday in Trego and Ness counties.

The Russell resolution prohibits careless use of any smoking materials, including cigarettes, cigars and smoking pipes. Discard shall be in a manner to preclude fire threat from smoldering remains; building, maintaining, attending or using any open fire or campfire (exemptions will be fully covered stoves, fireplaces, and propane or charcoal barbecue grills contained in an upright fully covered grill in developed recreational sites or residential areas; prescribed burning of all fence rows, fields, wild lands, ravines, trash and debris; outdoor use of all other fires including fireworks, for any reason.

The ban will remain in place until county commissioners repeal it.