DEARBORN COUNTY, IN – Per the Dearborn County Board of Commissioners a county wide burn ban in now in effect for Dearborn County. This ban will remain in effect until rescinded from the commissioners.
This decision was made due to the continued lack of rainfall, high temperatures, and high humidity. It was felt that these conditions have dried vegetation to the point it may easily combust and thus become a fire hazard.
The fire chiefs in Dearborn County were asked their opinion and a vast majority are in favor of a burn ban.
Pursuant to Dearborn County Ordinance § 96.01(B), effective immediately the following activities are prohibited in Dearborn County:
1. Campfires and any other form of recreation fire unless said fires are enclosed in a fire ring measuring at least 23 inches in diameter and 10 inches or more in height.
2. Open burning of any kind using wood or any other combustible matter, with the exception of cooking grills fueled by charcoal briquettes or propane gas. Charcoal from permitted grills shall not be removed from a grill until the charcoal has been thoroughly extinguished.
3. Open burning of any kind of debris, such as timber, vegetation, building constructions waste or otherwise, with the exception of burning barrels with a ¼ inch mesh top and said burning shall be permitted from dawn to dusk only; and
4. Subject to Indiana Code § 22-11-14-10.5, the usage of consumer fireworks.
Any individual or entity found in violation of this section shall be subject to a fine of not less than $200 but not more than $1,000, plus applicable court costs.
Contact: Jason Sullivan, Director
Dearborn County Emergency Management
401 West High St
Lawrenceburg, IN 47025