The Fox River & Countryside Fire/Rescue District has issued a ban on all outdoor burning due to extreme temperatures and a lack of rain.
The fire risk in the district has dramatically increased from severe lack of rain. Grass, landscape materials and wetland areas are extremely dry and will ignite and spread quickly.
FRCFRD crews have responded to several fires that spread quickly and threatened nearby homes, Fire Chief Greg Benson said Monday.
The district spans more than 50 square miles in three St. Charles, Campton and Wayne townships. It also includes sections of the unincorporated areas of the townships as well as parts of the villages of Wayne and Campton Hills.
The ban does not include cooking fires or the use of grills. Residents must use extreme caution when using outdoor cooking fires and not leave them unattended. They should also have an adequate water source available in the event of an accidental ignition of materials outside of the contained cooking fire.
Benson said illegal fireworks have also been found to be the probable cause in several recent fires.
The district's board of trustees will evaluate conditions Aug. 1 before considering any changes in the ban.
For additional information, contact the fire district at (630) 584-3473 or go to frcfr.org.