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Burn Bans: Defined
I think we can all agree that we need rain—and short of me doing a rain dance we’re not going to see it anytime soon. These conditions have made the state abnormally dry for this time of year and have created a moderate drought. Due to these dry conditions many counties have issued burn bans, as of mid-morning the number had crept to 36.
Three of these counties (Monroe, St. Joseph, and Allen) are home to IU campuses. This means that if you live on the IU Bloomington, IU South Bend or IPFW campuses I have a few things you may need to consider before you decide you want to have s’mores for dinner.
Think before you light up that grill. While many of the counties don’t have a ban on grilling they do ask that if your grill runs on charcoal that you keep the coals in the grill until the charcoal is fully extinguished. So take the appropriate precautions before you cook up those steaks.
Before you start gathering your friends for a night of s’mores and campfire songs you may want to reconsider. Many of the counties agree that campfires are too high of a risk with the current dry conditions.
Many counties have also banned the burning of debris including but not limited to: yard and household trash, construction debris, and organic debris. Some counties are allowing burning of materials from dawn to dusk as long as the materials are in a burn barrel and the barrel has a ¼” mesh top. So before you burn your trash or yard trimmings check with your local fire department to see what is allowed.
Last but not least let’s discuss fireworks. The Fourth of July is only two weeks away and I’m sure many of you are wondering what to do with all the fireworks you just bought. Many counties are encouraging citizens to attend public displays of fireworks rather than setting off their own. So when it comes to fireworks please use common sense and tune in next week for a special Fourth of July blog post on fireworks! Until then practice safe pyrotechnics!
NOTE: These are just things to take into consideration. Each county’s burn ban is different. Consult with your local fire department for more specific information on your county’s burn ban. For a list of the counties with burn bans please visit this website: Statewide Burn Ban Status