UPDATE: Burn ban continues through weekend

No burn permits for Laketown Township, part of Fillmore Township covered by Graafschap Fire Department.

The burn ban in Laketown Township remains in effect at least through the weekend (June 3-4) despite the brief rain received on Thursday.

The ban also includes the area of Fillmore Township covered by the Graafschap Fire Department.

No permits will be issued until the area receives adequate rain.

The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids does have a chance of rain for Saturday.

May was the second driest on record for Grand Rapids, according to WOOD TV 8.

Holland received 1.03 inches of rain for the month. The area usually receives about 4.01 inches of rain in May, according to records.

Getting a burn permit

Burn permits are required for any open fires in Laketown Township. The area west of 66th Street is not allowed to have open fires unless permission is granted by the fire chief or his designee.

Permits can be obtained by calling the fire station at (616) 396-4060 or the township office at (616) 335-3050 during regular business hours. During non-business hours, contact Chief Doug DenBleyker at (616) 218-3227 or Deputy Fire Chief Mike Capel at (616) 886-9232.

For more information on burn permits, see the township ordinances Chapter 16, Article III, Sec. 16, at  https://bit.ly/3quymks