Due to the extended hot, dry and windy weather in Delta County, open fires have been banned until further notice. All outdoor fires, including agricultural burning are prohibited. Campfires are restricted to permanent fire pits or fire rings at private residences or within developed recreational sites such as a campground or picnic area. Fires may also be contained within liquid fueled or gas fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices.
The ban also prohibits the personal use of all fireworks and target shooting with explosive targets. Smoking is permitted only within an enclosed vehicle or building, or in an area at least six feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all combustible material.
The restrictions apply to all unincorporated areas of Delta County.
A collaborative effort between the Delta County Sheriff's Office and municipal law enforcement agencies throughout Delta County has resulted in a proposal for a 1 percent sales tax increase to fund public safety. A PowerPoint presentation titled "Back the Badge" is starting to make the rounds at city/town council meetings, service club luncheons and other events.