July 03, 2012 | 11:17 AMIt's hot out there, so hot that officials from some Walworth County communities have used the phrase "drought conditions" when explaining why they have adopted burn bans.
"It's just really dry," said Jeremy Tamillo, captain of the Bloomfield-Genoa City Fire Department, over the phone Monday.
He said the main question people are asking department members is whether the Bloomfield Fourth of July fireworks display will continue.
On the phone Tuesday, Bloomfield Village President Ken Monroe confirmed the display will take place as scheduled, beginning at dusk.
As for the current burning ban in the town and village of Bloomfield, it differs from the ones in most area communities.
"The chief didn't ban fireworks," Tamillo said. "The village of Genoa City banned fireworks, that was something (officials) chose to do, but the village and the town of Bloomfield did not."
According to Tamillo, in all three communities his department covers, the ban prohibits all other types of burning.
People can use gas and charcoal grills. He suggested people extinguish them immediately after use.
The ban will be in effect until the area receives "a significant and reasonable amount" of rain, Tamillo said. "I think that's how the chief put it," he said.
Schalow was unavailable for comment.