Richland Township has suspended all fire and open burning permits because of the dry weather.
Officials said the suspension was implemented Tuesday and lasts for the next seven days.
Township officials said acting carelessly with fire could cause a small fire to turn deadly. Officials are also encouraging residents to attend public firework displays instead of purchasing fireworks.
“What we’re doing is for the residents in the township,” Richland Township Fire Marshal Guy Pedicone said. “It only takes one match or flare to set this thing off.”
If residents are caught using fireworks illegally police said they will be prosecuted.
“I think it’s a good idea for a while,” Richland Township resident Sylvan Rovera said.
Pedicone said this is the first time the township has ever had to issue an outdoor burning ban.
The ban, which lasts through Monday, could be extended if the dry conditions continue.