Adams County's ban on open burning was to be lifted at sunrise today because of recent rains.

But Adams County Fire Marshal Glenn Herring said the ban could go back into effect if the weather dries up later this week.

"It all depends on the weather," he said.

The ban was put into place April 14 because of dry conditions in the county's woodland areas. Prior to that date, there had been several fires in the wooded areas near Fairfield and Cashtown, each damaging a couple acres of land.

As the storm system that blew into the area on Saturday continued to pass through on Monday, and chances of more rain, or even snow, remained in the immediate forecast, most of the area had already received more than 1 ¾ inches of rain.

The rest of the week is expected to be dry, said Craig Evanego, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in State College. Temperatures should be in the mid-50s to low-60s Wednesday and Thursday with some scattered showers. By the weekend, the sun should be out with temperatures up to the mid-60s, Evanego said.

While the wet conditions have caused the burn ban to be lifted, Herring advised people not to burn on windy days because of the continued threat of brush fires. Wind dries the moisture up and blows sparks around, he said.

All open burning must be performed by a person at least 18 years old and must be regulated and controlled from the time it is ignited until it is extinguished. Herring advised that those overseeing burns keep water or a garden hose present to keep fires from extending into nearby fields or woods.

People are allowed to burn in barrels or large metal containers. Containers should be placed away from structures and must have an area of 10 feet cleared around it. A mesh wire is also supposed to be on top of the container with openings to keep sparks from emitting from container.

Herring also said some municipalities have greater restrictions concerning opening burning, so people should check with municipality to find out regulations.

There were a couple of fires that violated the ban while it was in effect last week, Herring said, but none of the fires caused significant damage.