Update posted Monday, July 2 at 8:18 a.m.:
Ohio County Commissioners have issued a disaster emergency proclamation ordering a county-wide burn ban.
The order was given Friday. It prohibits the following activities:
-Campfires larger than four feet in diameter and other recreational fires not containing rings and a means of extinguishment during the burn.
-Burning of debris such as timber, vegetation, or debris from building construction activities.
-Use of burning barrels.
Grills fueled by charcoal or propane are exempt. Charcoal from grills should not be removed until they it is thoroughly extinguished.
The commissioners order asks citizens to attend public fireworks displays and limit personal use of fireworks to those that do not leave the ground.
Update posted Monday, July 2 at 6:20 a.m.:
Two more Dearborn County fire departments issued a burn ban over the weekend.
On Saturday, the Bright Fire Department issued a burn ban for its district which includes Miller, Logan and Harrison townships. So did the Dillsboro Fire Department.
Bright Fire Chief Kevin Gick said the ban for his department's district will remain in effect until conditions improve.
Eighty-five of Indiana’s 92 counties now have some type of burn ban in effect according to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security's Burn Ban Status Map.
Original story posted Friday, June 29 at 1:07 p.m.:
(Greendale, Ind.) - Three more local burn bans have gone into effect.
Greendale Fire Department ordered a burn ban on Friday for its entire district which includes the city and portions of Lawrenceburg Township. The ban will be in effect until conditions improve, said Fire Chief Shannon Craig.
Ripley County Commissioners called on a burn ban for that county Thursday. So did county commissioners in Switzerland County.
The list of Eagle 99.3 listening area municipalities with a burn ban includes:
Aurora, Ind., and Center and Washington townships
Boone County, Ky.
Franklin County, Ind.
Lawrenceburg, Ind. and Lawrenceburg Township
Ripley County, Ind.
Switzerland County, Ind.
The Ripley County order includes a ban on citizens lighting off fireworks because of the fire danger they pose in the abnormally dry conditions.
The Ripley County Chamber of Commerce says its professional fireworks display Friday night at the Ripley County Fairgrounds, however, will go on as planned. The Osgood Fire Department will be standing by during the display.
Vendors at the fairgrounds open at 4:00 p.m., entertainment begins at 6:00 p.m. and fireworks at dark.
A fireworks display planned at Batesville's Hillcrest Country Club on Saturday, June 30 has been cancelled.