• Bill Raines

Area Counties Issue Burn Bans - Lawrence County not on list at this time

AREA - OCTOBER 14, 2022 - Dry and windy conditions have caused area counties to enact burn bans throughout the area, however Lawrence County has not enacted any burn restrictions at this time.



The Shawswick Volunteer Fire Department responded to a report of a wildland fire on Sandpit Road earlier Friday afternoon. According to fire chief Bobby Brown the cause of that fire is unknown. Due to dry conditions cigarettes, sparks and other heat sources can cause a fire to get quickly out of control.


Residents are asked not to burn today with a rare " Red Flag" Warning in place with the National Weather Service. The " Red Flag" warning is set to expire shortly, but property owners are asked not to burn until a significant rainfall takes place.


The Red Flag warning was issued today; with the following conditions making outside burning dangerous. ( See below with National Weather Service Statement)


RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EDT THIS EVENING

FOR CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS FOR CENTRAL INDIANA...


* AFFECTED AREA...all of central Indiana.


* TIMING...through 8 PM this evening.


* WINDS...Southwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 45 mph.


* RELATIVE HUMIDITY...As low as 15 percent.


* TEMPERATURES...In the mid 60s to around 70.


* IMPACTS...Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.

Outdoor burning is not recommended. Never throw cigarettes out

of a vehicl



There are 12 counties in Indiana that have issued burn bans in their respective counties which include: Jackson, Martin, Orange and Washington Counties.


Some counties in Northern Indiana have lifted their previous burn bans.


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