UPDATE: Dearborn County Commissioners Lift Burn Ban

County residents are reminded to follow safety precautions when burning.

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Update published Wednesday, October 21 at 9:06 a.m.:

Dearborn County Commissioners have lifted the county wide burn ban, effective Tuesday, October 20. 

"We do ask that if you burn to please follow safety precautions," said Dearborn County Emergency Management Director Jason Sullivan. 

 

Original story published Tuesday, October 13th at 2:54 p.m.:

(Dearborn County, Ind.) – Lack of rainfall, high temperatures and high humidity has caused a burn ban to go into effect in Dearborn County.

Per the Dearborn County Board of Commissioners, a county wide burn ban is in effect until further notice.

Current weather conditions have dried vegetation to the point it may easily combust and thus become a fire hazard,” said Jason Sullivan, director of Dearborn County Emergency Management.

Effective immediately the following activities are prohibited in Dearborn County:

  • Campfires and any other form of recreation fire unless said fires are enclosed in a fire ring measuring at least 23 inches in diameter and 10 inches or more in height.
  • Open burning of any kind using wood or any other combustible matter, with the exception of cooking grills fueled by charcoal briquettes or propane gas. Charcoal from permitted grills shall not be removed from a grill until the charcoal has been thoroughly extinguished.
  • Open burning of any kind of debris, such as timber, vegetation, building constructions waste or otherwise, with the exception of burning barrels with a ¼ inch mesh top and said burning shall be permitted from dawn to dusk only; and
  • Subject to Indiana Code § 22-11-14-10.5, the usage of consumer fireworks.

Any individual or entity found in violation of the prohibited activities are subject to a fine of no less than $200 but no more than $1,000, plus applicable court costs.

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