UPDATE:

As of Friday, April 12, East Manchester and Hellam townships have lifted their burn bans, officials said.


EARLIER:

Dry, breezy conditions have caused fire officials to ban open burning in East Manchester and Hellam townships until further notice.

Union Fire Co. Chief Joe Stevens said with the nicer weather upon us, he knows people will be outside and many will want to burn yard debris or paper trash.

"We've had more than enough brush fires recently," he said, including a 10-acre blaze caused by unattended burning.

The ban does not include cooking fires, he said.

"Even though green grass is coming up, everything under that is brown," Stevens said. "And we've had a nice breeze (lately). ... It just makes for a bad situation."

York County spokesman Carl Lindquist said people in areas where no burn bans are in effect should consider avoid burning debris until conditions improve.

If residents are burning debris, they should never leave a fire unattended and should call 911 immediately at the first sign the fire is spreading out of control, he said.

Also, have a water supply, shovels and rakes nearby in case a fire must be put out quickly, and never use a flammable liquid to start a fire, Lindquist said.