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National Weather Service warns of enhanced fire danger

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE - NOVEMBER 14, 2023 - The National Weather Service has warns that a very dry atmosphere and low fuel moisture will result in enhanced fire danger this afternnoon.

There is a burn ban in 16 Indiana Counties.

Several wildland fires over the weekend have kept Lawrence County fire departments and the volunteer fire agencies as well as the U.S. Forest Service.surrounding counties.

A fire on Log Creek Road brought every fire department in Orange County to that fire on Friday afternoon.

Residents in Lawrence County can face a $2,500 fine, if they decide to have a open burn.

Here is copy of the burn ban proclamation :


November 10, 2023 WHEREAS, Lawrence County, Indiana is immediately threatened by a natural disaster- specifically county wide drought conditions, and; WHEREAS, as of the 10th day November, 2023 at 16:00 hours we find that Lawrence County to be at risk of widespread fire hazards because of the ongoing drought conditions and;

WHEREAS, a county wide burn ban affecting certain activities is an appropriate public safety response to the fire hazards presented by the current drought conditions;

NOW THEREFORE, we the Lawrence County Commissioners declare pursuant to Lawrence County Emergency Management Ordinance 93-10 and Commissioners minutes dated March 19, 1996 give the authority for the Lawrence County Sheriff and the Lawrence County Fire Chiefs (based upon a majority) to declare, end, and enforce a burn ban in Lawrence County for the protection of lives and property.

There are two burn ban levels that may be activated: Activated: Level 1: November 10, 2023 Activation level request

• Campfires and other recreational fire, unless enclosed in a fire ring with dimensions of 23 inches in diameter X 10 inches high or larger;

• Open burning of any kind using conventional fuel such as wood, or other combustible matter, with the exception of grills fuels by charcoal briquettes or propane;

• the burning of debris, such as timber or vegetation, including such debris that results from building construction activities; and

• Burning will be allowed with a ¼” mesh top from dawn to dusk only.

• Charcoal from permitted grills shall not be removed from the grills until the charcoal has been thoroughly extinguished. Level 2:

• No open burning of any kind. In addition, we strongly encourage our residents to attend public displays of fireworks and limit their personal use of fireworks to those that do not leave the ground, and that they refrain from using aerial firework devices.

Reference is hereby made to all appropriate laws statutes, ordinances and resolutions and particularly to Section 10-14-3-29 of the Indiana Code. Anyone issued a civil citation in violation of the burn ban will be fined $2,500.00 per occurrence. (as is outlined in Lawrence County Ordinance 93-10 Section 4 Sub-Section K Part 2) Any and all fines collected will be deposited in the newly formed Lawrence County Volunteer Firefighter Training Fund.

All public offices and employees of Lawrence County are hereby directed to exercise the utmost diligence in the discharge of duties required of them for the duration of the emergency and in execution of emergency laws, regulations, and directives whether state and local.

All residents are called upon and directed to comply necessary emergency measures, to cooperate with public officials and disaster services forces in executing emergency plans, and to obey and comply with the lawful directions of properly identified officers.

All operating forces will direct their communications and requests for assistance Emergency Management Agency who works in tandem with the Lawrence County Sheriff Department.

This Burn Ban Proclamation shall be in effect until such time as the Lawrence County Commissioners rescind it. IN WITNESS, WHEREOF, we have set our hand this 10th day of November, 2023.


American Rental 1416 James Avenue Bedford, Indiana

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