Indiana Burn Ban-How It Affects You

Indiana Burn Ban

Well it is that time again in Ol’ Indiana, the dry season is hitting
us and it is hitting us hard as can be this year.

I have heard from many older folks that I talk to on a regular basis that this is one of the worst drought conditions that have ever seen. Honestly, in my short 28 years of life this is one of the worst that I have seen.

The grass is turning brown, the rivers are getting shallow and the crops are looking pretty rough so far.

Besides the economical stuff that the drought conditions bring along, I want you to know HOW it affects YOU and your summer plans.

Even though summer has just arrived, we have had above normal heat and sun this year. Living in Indiana we never really know what expect from day to day so it is pretty much wait and see.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security breaks down the burn ban status in 4 different segments.

Red-County Wide Burn Ban in Effect
Yellow- Local Burn Ban In Affect
Green-Burn Ban Has Been Lifted
White- No current Report

It is very important that you pay attention to the status of the area that you live in and the areas in which you plan to visit.

The burn bans are put in place due to an evaluation by the parks service and state climatologist and determined to come into effect if their measurement guidelines determine that there is a drought condition.

The drought conditions put the area at high risk of fire.

Putting the burn ban in place stops what would typically be legal burning. This in turn lowers the risk of fires that could become out of control.

Currently as of this writing there are 54 counties in the state of Indiana that are listed as “county wide burn bans”.

Here is a link that you can return to for updates to check and see if your county in under a burn ban.

http://www.in.gov/dhs/files/burn-ban/burn-ban-map.pdf?_AVOID_CACHE_=1340483046519

What You Need To Need To Know

Here is the deal…

You can still have campfires when you are camping or at your
house for recreation but there are a couple rules that have been put in place to make sure that you are safe and that you will not start a bigger fire on accident.

1. Fire ring must be 23 inches in diameter and 10 inches high or higher.

2. Still have a barbeque, but the charcoal must be extinguished before removing it from the grill. (this seems like a no-brainer, but there has obviously been someone who has done this.

3. You can burn your tras so long as you do it between dawn and dusk and have a quarter inch mesh screen over the barrel.

4. And now that it is almost the 4th of July, they encourage you to limit the use of fireworks to the ones that do not leave the ground.

All in all the state is not trying to take away your phone, they are looking to protect you, your family and all the families around you!

-Jeff Mitchell

**Update 6-27-2012 From http://www.in.gov/dhs/files/burn-ban/#reportingCounties

Adams Countywide In Effect 6/18/2012 14:40:00 EDT The Adams County Board of Commissioners has issued a Burn Ban as of June 18, 2012 until further notice.

Allen Countywide In Effect 6/22/2012 14:27:28 EDT Allen County Commissioners have orderd a Burn Ban in Allen County. This delcaration in effect for all townships and municipalities with the county.

Bartholomew Countywide In Effect 6/20/2012 14:43:57 EDT The Bartholomew County Fire Chief’s Association finds that the County is in a prolonged period of drought, and the effect of the lack of rainfall has dried vegetation to the point it may easily combust and has thus become a fire hazard.

Benton No Report 9/13/2011 10:58:31 EDT === Automatically Reset ===

Blackford No Report 9/13/2011 10:59:40 EDT === Automatically Reset ===

Boone No Report 9/13/2011 11:02:33 EDT === Automatically Reset ===

Brown Countywide In Effect 6/27/2012 17:10:22 EDT Brown County has upgraded their burn ban to be county wide effective today.

Carroll Countywide In Effect 6/21/2012 11:59:50 EDT At the request of local fire chiefs, and by order of the Commissioners, Carroll County is under a burn ban until further notice. All open burning is prohibited.

Cass Countywide In Effect 6/22/2012 15:45:08 EDT The Cass County Board of Commissioners has issued a Burn Ban in effect June 22, 2012. See attached document.

Clark No Report 9/13/2011 11:04:06 EDT === Automatically Reset ===

Clay No Report 9/13/2011 11:02:37 EDT === Automatically Reset ===

Clinton Countywide In Effect 6/20/2012 10:01:59 EDT
Crawford No Report 5/25/2012 09:14:17 EDT === Automatically Reset ===

Daviess Countywide In Effect 6/19/2012 08:22:08 EDT Upon the unanimous recommendation of the fire chiefs of Daviess County, the Daviess County Board of Commissioners has ordered a seven day burn ban effective 8 A.M. June 19th until 8 A.M. June 26th or until conditions warrant the lifting of the burn ban.

Dearborn No Report 9/13/2011 11:03:57 EDT === Automatically Reset ===

Decatur Countywide In Effect 6/20/2012 16:47:19 EDT

DeKalb Countywide In Effect 6/18/2012 10:44:00 EDT DeKalb County has issued a Emergency Declaration Burn Ban in effect 10:00 June 18, 2012 until June 25, 2012

Delaware Countywide In Effect 6/27/2012 13:18:09 EDT Delaware County, including the City of Muncie, is immediately threatened by a natural disaster-specifically city and county wide drought conditions. We find that Delaware County and the City of Muncie to be at risk of widespread fire hazards because of the ongoing drought conditions. A county wide burn ban is in effect until further notice.

Dubois Countywide In Effect 6/22/2012 11:29:50 EDT A burn ban is now in effect in Dubois County. See attached Executive Order signed by the Commissioners and filed with the Clerk.

Elkhart Countywide In Effect 6/27/2012 10:55:15 EDT Elkhart County Board of Commissioners has ratified the burn ban for Elkhart County as of June 18, 2012. The ratification is extending the expiration date. The burn ban now expires on July 2, 2012.

Fayette No Report 9/13/2011 11:01:54 EDT === Automatically Reset ===

Floyd Countywide In Effect 6/27/2012 01:18:46 EDT The Floyd County Commissioners have issued a County Wide Burn Ban as of June 26, 2012

Fountain Countywide In Effect 6/15/2012 14:34:40 EDT The Fountain County Commissioners have issued a County Wide Burn Ban as of June 15, 2012

Franklin Countywide In Effect 6/27/2012 01:06:12 EDT The Franklin County Commissioners have issued a County Wide Burn Ban as of June 25, 2012

Fulton Countywide In Effect 6/27/2012 15:58:57 EDT Fulton County Commissioners have declared that the Burn Ban will continue in Fulton County. This Burn Ban will also prohibit Public fireworks displays and the use of consumer fireworks. This Declaration went into affect at 1400 Hours todays date.

Gibson Countywide In Effect 6/20/2012 09:11:38 EDT The Board of Commissioners of Gibson County, find that the county is in a prolonged period of drought; and the effect of the lack of rainfall has dried vegetation to the point it may easily combust and has thus become a fire hazard. The Board of Commissioners of Gibson County, resolve and request that there be no open burning or discarding of matches, ashes or any burning materials from vehicles within the confines of Gibson County, Indiana.

Grant Countywide In Effect 6/27/2012 09:14:02 EDT Grant County Commissioners have enacted a Burn Ban, in effect until July 3, 2012.

The Town of Fairmount has issued a burn ban in effect from June 20, 2012 and will be re-evaluated in 30 days.

Greene Countywide In Effect 6/27/2012 01:04:55 EDT The Greene County Commissioners have issued a County Wide Burn Ban as of June 25, 2012

Hamilton Local In Effect 6/27/2012 11:40:44 EDT As of today’s date the following communities in Hamilton County have declared an “Outdoor Burning Ban”. City of Noblesville, City of Westfield, Town of Fishers (including the unincorporated areas of Delaware and Fall Creek Townships) and the Town of Cicero. Hamilton County as a whole as NOT declared a county wide burn ban as of the time of this post.

Fireworks have NOT been prohibited but citizens are urged to use extreme caution during these severe dry conditions and to check with there local Fire Departments regarding specific dates and times that fireworks can be used.
Hancock Countywide In Effect 6/27/2012 01:16:33 EDT The Hancock County Commissioners have issued a County Wide Burn Ban as of June 26, 2012

Harrison No Report 9/13/2011 11:04:01 EDT === Automatically Reset ===

Hendricks Countywide In Effect 6/27/2012 01:15:12 EDT The Hendricks County Commissioners have issued a County Wide Burn Ban as of June 26, 2012

Henry Countywide In Effect 6/27/2012 00:43:15 EDT The Henry County Board of Commissioners issued a Burn Ban as of June 24, 2012 until July 15, 2012 at 1900 Hours EDT.

Howard Countywide In Effect 6/27/2012 01:11:52 EDT The Board of Commissioners of Howard County, find that the county is in a prolonged period of drought; and the effect of the lack of rainfall has dried vegetation to the point it may easily combust and has thus become a fire hazard. The Board of Commissioners of Howard County, resolve and request that there be no open burning or discarding of matches, ashes or any burning materials from vehicles within the confines of Howard County, Indiana.

Huntington Countywide In Effect 6/18/2012 13:16:31
EDT Huntington County Commissioner’s have implemented a Countywide Burn Ban under IC10-14-3-29 which shall remain in effect until 6/25/2012.

Jackson Countywide In Effect 6/27/2012 01:03:24 EDT The Jackson County Commissioners have issued a County Wide Burn Ban as of June 25, 2012

Jay Countywide In Effect 6/21/2012 16:17:57 EDT A ban on open burning in Jay County will go into effect 06-22-2012 at 7am. The Jay County Fire Chiefs Association issued the ban this morning. It will be in effect until further notice. The ban prohibits open burning, campfires, and barrell fires.

Jefferson Countywide In Effect 6/27/2012 01:00:54 EDT The Jefferson County Commissioners have issued a County Wide Burn Ban as of June 25, 2012

Jennings Countywide In Effect 6/27/2012 01:10:07 EDT The Board of Commissioners of Jennings County, find that the county is in a prolonged period of drought; and the effect of the lack of rainfall has dried vegetation to the point it may easily combust and has thus become a fire hazard. The Board of Commissioners of Jennings County, resolve and request that there be no open burning or discarding of matches, ashes or any burning materials from vehicles within the confines of Jennings County, Indiana.

Johnson Countywide In Effect 6/19/2012 14:36:51 EDT Burn Ban for Johnson County in effect until rescinded by County Commissioners and to be reviewed at least every 30 days.

Knox Countywide In Effect 6/14/2012 16:16:12 EDT County Wide Burn Ban in effect until July 2nd 2012. Knox County Ordinance 2012-6.

Kosciusko Countywide In Effect 6/22/2012 15:00:17 EDT The burn ban as been extended until Friday, June 29th. See revised ban attached.

LaGrange Countywide In Effect 6/18/2012 13:46:48 EDT The LaGrange County Board of Commissioners has issued a Burn Ban in effect until June 28, 2012.

Lake No Report 9/13/2011 11:00:54 EDT === Automatically Reset ===

LaPorte Countywide In Effect 6/15/2012 14:31:13 EDT The LaPorte County Board of Commissioners has issued a burn ban in effect until further notice.

Lawrence Countywide In Effect 6/19/2012 15:45:52 EDT Lawrence County Board of Commissioners have issued a county wide burn ban for Lawrence County as of June 19, 2012. It is in ordinance with IC 10-14-3-29.

Madison Countywide In Effect 6/22/2012 11:24:50 EDT The Madison County Board of Commissioners has received a request from the Fire Chiefs of Madison County via The Madison County Fire Chiefs Association that a temporary ban be issued on open burning in Madison County, as per Indiana Fire Code 307.1.1 which states, “The Fire Chief is authorized to require open burning be immediately discontinued if such open burning constitutes a hazardous condition.”

Marion Countywide In Effect 6/27/2012 16:13:15 EDT Indianapolis Fire Department Chief Brian Sanford has issued a Burn Ban for Marion County effective immediately. This order prohibiting open burning is in effect for all Cities, Towns and Townships in the fire special service district of Marion County, as defined by Section 111-3 of the Revised Code of the Consolidated City and County, and such other territory where the Indianapolis Fire Department provides fire protection services as provided by law. This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, any open burning, comfort fires, camp fires, agricultural burning or similar legal fires. This prohibition does not apply to outdoor grilling or fireworks, although extreme caution should be used in such situations. This order remains in effect indefinitely and until such time as the Indianapolis Fire Department determines that weather and environmental conditions have sufficiently mitigated present hazardous conditions and the significant threat to persons and property. All persons who violate this order are subject to fines imposed by the Indianapolis Fire Department and potential civil and/or criminal penalties.

Marshall Countywide In Effect 6/27/2012 09:42:43 EDT The Marshall County Commissioners have signed a second disaster declaration under IC 10-14-3-29 extending the Burn Ban in Marshall County until further notice.

Martin Countywide In Effect 6/21/2012 20:54:51 EDT Whereas, the Board of Commissioners of Martin County, Indiana, find that a burn ban affecting certain activities is a highly appropriate public safety response to the hazards presented by the current drought conditions.

Now Therefore, we, the Board of Commissioners of Martin County, Indiana, declare pursuant to Indiana Code 10-14-3-29, that a state of emergency exists in Martin County, Indiana, and that we hereby invoke and declare those portions of the Indiana Code which are applicable to the conditions and cause the issuance of this order to be in full force and effect in Martin County, Indiana, for the exercise of all necessary emergency authority for the protection of the lives and property of the people of Martin County, Indiana.

Miami Countywide In Effect 6/18/2012 17:07:26 EDT Do to the coninued dry conditions a County wide burning ban is in place until further notice.

Monroe Countywide In Effect 6/15/2012 14:43:16 EDT Due to current conditions Monroe County has issued a burn ban.

Montgomery No Report 9/13/2011 11:03:28 EDT === Automatically Reset ===

Morgan Countywide In Effect 6/27/2012 11:04:41 EDT Morgan County Commissioners have enacted a burn ban for Morgan County, effective June 27, 2012.

Newton No Report 9/13/2011 11:00:04 EDT === Automatically Reset ===

Noble Countywide In Effect 6/20/2012 10:34:39 EDT The Board of Commissioners of Noble County Indiana, has issued a countywide Burning Ban effective immediately. This ban would include but not limited to camp fires, burning ofbrush, trash, burn barrels, and any burning that is open to the open air. It would also include any type of fireworks as fireworks are a rapid uncontrolled heat source..

This Burning Ban will remain in effect until further notice.
Ohio No Report 9/13/2011 11:02:59 EDT === Automatically Reset ===

Orange Countywide In Effect 6/27/2012 00:54:49 EDT The Board of Commissioners of Orange County, find that the county is in a prolonged period of drought; and the effect of the lack of rainfall has dried vegetation to the point it may easily combust and has thus become a fire hazard. The Board of Commissioners of Orange County, resolve and request that there be no open burning or discarding of matches, ashes or any burning materials from vehicles within the confines of Orange County, Indiana.

Owen Countywide In Effect 6/22/2012 13:31:26 EDT The Owen County Board of Commissioners has issued a Burn Ban in effect until July 2, 2012.

Parke Countywide In Effect 6/27/2012 00:52:11 EDT The Board of Commissioners of ParkeCounty, find that the county is in a prolonged period of drought; and the effect of the lack of rainfall has dried vegetation to the point it may easily combust and has thus become a fire hazard. The Board of Commissioners of Parke County, resolve and request that there be no open burning or discarding of matches, ashes or any burning materials from vehicles within the confines of Parke County, Indiana.

Perry Countywide In Effect 6/23/2012 14:24:37 EDT The Board of Commissioners of Perry County declare that a state of emergency exists in Perry County and invoke an emergency burn ban for the county. This emergency declaration issued the 22nd day of June, 2012, and shall continue until further notice.

Pike Countywide In Effect 6/19/2012 15:20:31 EDT Pike County Board of Commissioners declared a a county wide burn ban following the provisions of IC 10-14-3-29 as of June 19, 2012. There is a risk of widespread fire hazards because of the ongoing drought conditions. The ban will be in effect until July 2, 2012. At that time the Pike County Board of Commissioners shall reevaluate the ban.

Porter No Report 9/13/2011 11:00:57 EDT === Automatically Reset ===

Posey Local In Effect 6/21/2012 08:48:29 EDT The Posey County Fire Departments listed below have ordered ban of all open burning for Posey County as allowed under Indiana Fire Code section 307.1.1, until such a time that the weather changes and provides sufficient rainfall to prohibit the quick and easy spread of fire.

Pulaski Countywide In Effect 6/18/2012 10:39:07 EDT The Pulaski County Board of Commissioners have issued a burn ban in effect from 1200 June 18, 2012 until 1200 June 25, 2012.

Putnam No Report 9/13/2011 11:00:16 EDT === Automatically Reset ===

Randolph Countywide In Effect 6/27/2012 01:08:22 EDT The Board of Commissioners of Randolph County, find that the county is in a prolonged period of drought; and the effect of the lack of rainfall has dried vegetation to the point it may easily combust and has thus become a fire hazard. The Board of Commissioners of Randolph County, resolve and request that there be no open burning or discarding of matches, ashes or any burning materials from vehicles within the confines of
Randolph County, Indiana.

Scott Countywide In Effect 6/27/2012 09:49:43 EDT Scott County Commissioners have declared a burn ban for Scott County effective until further notice.

Shelby Countywide In Effect 6/19/2012 08:33:18 EDT The Board of Commissioners in Shelby County passed a county wide burn ban. The ban should be based on the Indiana IC Codes that regulates burning, and fireworks displays. We would hope to keep it in effect until we receive enough rainfall to eliminate the immediate fire danger.

Spencer Countywide In Effect 6/20/2012 13:33:22 EDT Spencer County, Indiana is immediately threatened by a natural disaster- specifically county wide drought conditions, and; as of June 20, 2012, we find our county to be at risk of widespread fire hazards because of the ongoing drought conditions and; a county wide burn ban affecting certain activities is an appropriate public safety response to the fire hazards presented by the current drought conditions.

Starke Countywide In Effect 6/19/2012 12:21:00 EDT The Starke County Board of Commissioner’s have signed an Emergency Declaration declaring a Burn Ban for Starke County, until July 2nd, 2012.

Steuben Countywide In Effect 6/20/2012 16:20:58 EDT Emergency Burn Ban has been issued. Burn Ban includes but is not limited to campfires, burning of brush, trash fires, burn barrels, or any open air burning, and includes the use of fireworks.

StJoseph Countywide In Effect 6/14/2012 22:50:19 EDT
Sullivan Countywide In Effect 6/27/2012 09:27:15 EDT Due to continuing dry weather, a burn ban has been issued for all of Sullivan County until further notice.

Tippecanoe Countywide In Effect 6/18/2012 12:53:48 EDT The Tippecanoe County Board of Commissioners has issued a Burn Ban until further notice.

Tipton Countywide In Effect 6/27/2012 00:48:37 EDT The Board of Commissioners of Tipton County, find that the county is in a prolonged period of drought; and the effect of the lack of rainfall has dried vegetation to the point it may easily combust and has thus become a fire hazard. The Board of Commissioners of Tipton County, resolve and request that there be no open burning or discarding of matches, ashes or any burning materials from vehicles within the confines of Tipton County, Indiana. This burn ban is in effect until July 16, 2012.

Union Countywide In Effect 6/21/2012 14:01:25 EDT The Board of Commissioners of Union County, Indiana, resolve and request that there be no open burning or discarding of matches, ashes or any burning materials from vehicles within the confines of Union County, Indiana.

Vanderburgh Countywide In Effect 6/20/2012 09:51:06 EDT The Vanderburgh County Commissioners have issued a Burn Ban for Vanderburgh County.

The Open Burn Ban will continue until conditions improve. The EEPA will notify the public when the Ban has been lifted. This ban does not include cooking fires in charcoal or gas grills. Please review “Guidelines for Activities During Burn Bans.” Any exceptions to the Open Burn Ban must be approved in advance, in writing, by the Director of the EEPA.

Vermillion Countywide In Effect 6/20/2012 11:03:25 EDT Vermillion County Board of Commissioners have signed a proclamation declaring a county wide burn ban.

Vigo Countywide In Effect 6/22/2012 15:36:01 EDT Due to very dry, near-drought conditions, the Vigo County Commissioners have issued a Burn Ban for Vigo County effective at 1200 (noon) today through 1200 (noon) on Friday, June 29, 2012.

Wabash Countywide In Effect 6/14/2012 14:53:33 EDT Wabash County Commissioners have declared a burn ban for Wabash County. Due to drought conditions and several grass fires in the past 48 hrs the burn ban will be in effect until further notice.

Warren Lifted 6/19/2012 18:02:15 EDT Warren County has lifted the burn ban for the county effective as of 18:00hrs on June the 19th.

Warrick Countywide In Effect 6/18/2012 15:04:06 EDT On 06/18/2012 at 1000hrs the Warrick County Commissioners issued a County wide Burn Ban. This ban is in affect 24 hrs a day until further notice.

Washington Countywide In Effect 6/27/2012 09:21:57 EDT The Washington County Commissioners enact a county wide burn ban effective June 25, 2012 at 7pm until further notice.

Wayne Countywide In Effect 6/23/2012 16:23:59 EDT All of the Fire Protection Areas in Wayne County, Indiana have determined that the lack of rainfall has created excessively dry conditions, which significantly increases the risk and promotes the rapid spread of fire and; that such situation poses immediate continuing hazardous condition for the residents and properly owners in the areas that require immediate action to limit and control fire sources. The ban on open burning will remain in effect until sufficient rainfall is received to adequately relieve the hazardous conditions. The ban will be reviewed weekly.

Wells Countywide In Effect 6/21/2012 13:06:06 EDT Wells County, Indiana is immediately threatened by a natural disaster, specifically County-wide drought conditions.
As of the 21st day of June, 2012, it has been determined that Wells County is at risk of widespread fire hazards because of the on-going drought conditions; therefore, a county-wide burn ban affecting certain activities is an appropriate public safety response to the fire hazards presented by the current drought conditions.

White Countywide In Effect 6/22/2012 15:23:20 EDT The White County Board of Commissioners has issued a Declaration of Emergency Ban on Open Fires. This Declaration is in effect until further notice
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Whitley Countywide In Effect 6/27/2012 10:16:58 EDT The Whitley County Commissioners have enacted a burn ban for Whitley County, effective June 25, 2012 until further notice.

 

 

 

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