BOONE, Iowa—The State Fire Marshall Ray Reynolds today lifted the burning ban for Boone County. Reynolds announcement said the request to lift the ban was made at the request of Boone Fire Chief Justin Adams on behalf of the fire departments in Boone County. Boone County Emergency Management Coordinator Dave Morlan did note that even though the dangers of fire have lessened, the problem with the drought is still very serious. This week, the National Weather Service released their winter predictions calling for above normal temperatures for western Iowa and much of Nebraska and below normal precipitation for all of Iowa and eastern Nebraska. Morlan said if things don’t improve over the winter, burning bans next spring might be pretty common. For the City of Boone, burning yard waste is permitted, but now that everything is wet, it might be awhile before people try. Last year the City Council extended the deadline for burning in the evening from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM because some people couldn’t get home in time to burn their yard waste. It is possible that the Council could again consider a change in the burning ordinance, extending the deadline from November 15th until later in November. That matter could come before the Council when they meet in November.