• Bill Raines

Burn Ban Returns to Martin County - Dry/Windy Conditions Make Open Burning Dangerous

MARTIN COUNTY - NOVEMBER 10, 2022 - Martin County officials have issued a new burn ban for its residents.


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Fire departments throughout Southern Indiana was back to battling wildland fires throughout Southern Indiana on Wednesday.


Firefighters in Greene County, and Pike County battled large field and woods fires with multiple fire departments in those counties were kept busy. A fire in Pike County rekindled sending firefighters from both Pike and Knox Counties back to get the fire under control.


Local fire officials say that at this time, it is too dangerous to do any kind of outside burning ad leave fires unattended.


Lawrence County has not been under a burn ban at all, as fire officials say there is no ability to legally enforce a burn ban with fines to discourage the behavior. Normally, burn bans leave the fire departments to extinguish the fires, reported by the property owners' neighbors.


The call volume just increases to police, open burning of residents within their jurisdiction.


Current burn bans across the State of Indiana


A BURN BAN HAS JUST BEEN ISSUED IN MARTIN COUNTY.

Pursuant to the provisions of IC 10-14-3-29,

Effective immediately, the following activities are prohibited in Martin County:

1) Campfires and other recreational fires, unless enclosed in a fire ring with dimensions of 23 inches in diameter by 6 inches high or larger:

2) Open burn of any kind using conventional fuel such as wood, or other combustible matter, with the exception of grills fueled by charcoal briquettes or propane;

3) The burning of debris, such as timber of vegetation, including such debris that results from building construction activities and/or windstorm debris; and

4) The use of burn barrels for any open burning at residential structures.

Charcoal from permitted grills shall not be removed from the grills until the charcoal has been thoroughly extinguished.

Limit personal use of fireworks to those that do not leave the ground, refrain from using aerial firework devices.


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