Area counties under burn ban

Area counties under burn ban
Published: Jul. 5, 2022 at 8:52 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - An open burning ban is currently in effect for Vanderburgh, Warrick, Spencer, Perry, and Posey Counties.

[Statewide burn ban status]

The Evansville Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday, July 5 that the ban is due to low rainfall and dry conditions.

According to a press release, the open burn ban will continue until conditions improve. The public will be notified when the ban has been lifted.

EEPA says all forms of open burning are prohibited, including, but not limited to:

  • Recreational fires
  • Burn barrels
  • Agricultural and ditch clearing
  • Previously approved open burn variances
  • Previously approved air curtain incinerator permits

Officials say this ban does not include cooking fires in charcoal or gas grills. Any exceptions to the open burn ban must be approved in advance, in writing, by the director of the EEPA.

Officials also say people should practice fire prevention and dispose of cigarettes and matches safely.

If you’re caught violating the ban, fines start at $50 and can go as high as $7,500.

Emergency Management Director Cliff Weaver says Vanderburgh County has not seen a sizeable rain since March 22 and the chance of a sizeable rain isn’t coming any time soon.

”Low humidity, which causes the fire to have a higher temperature,” said Weaver. “High temperatures, which today which is kind of iconic will be the highest temperatures it has been in eight or nine years and then the winds. Once we get those three combinations, it’s very hard to put the fires out.”

The Evansville fire chief says it’ll take at least two or three substantial rainfalls to end the burn bans.

They’re also asking for people to refrain from using fireworks at this time.

According to a press release, people with any questions or concerns should contact the Evansville EPA at 812-435-6145.

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