(BROWNSTOWN) – Jackson County has joined several other Southern Indiana Counties who have issued an open-burn ban due to dry conditions.
Crawford, Perry, and Washington Counties also have burn bans in effect.
The following is a copy of the emergency ordinance released by the Jackson County Commissioners:
LOCAL DISASTER EMERGENCY DECLARATION FOR A BURN BAN IN JACKSON COUNTY, INDIANA
September 24, 2019
WHEREAS, Jackson County, Indiana has been impacted by or is immediately threatened by a natural disaster-specifically county-wide moderate drought condition and are at an elevated risk of fire danger.
WHEREAS, as of the 24th day of September, we find that Jackson County to be at risk of widespread fire hazards because of the ongoing drought conditions and;
WHEREAS, a County Wide Burn Ban is Declared, during which certain burning activities will be prohibited within the entire area of the County of Jackson, including but not limited to the following:
- Campfires and other recreational fires, unless enclosed in a fire ring with dimensions of 23 inches in diameter X 6 inches high or larger;
- Open burning of any kind using conventional fuel such as wood, or other combustible matter, with the exception of grills fueled by charcoal briquettes or propane;
- The burning of debris, such as timber for vegetation, including such debris that results from building construction activities and other open-air fires.
- The use of burn barrels for any open burning at residential structures.
NOW THEREFORE, we the Jackson County Board of Commissioners, declare, pursuant to the provisions of IC 10-14-3-29, that a state of emergency exists in the County and that we hereby invoke and declare those portions of the Indiana Code which are applicable to the conditions and have caused the issuance of this declaration, to be in full force and effect in the County for the exercise of all necessary emergency authority for protection of the lives and property of the people of Jackson County.
During an Emergency Burn Ban, all residents are called upon and directed to comply with necessary emergency measures to cooperate with public officials and Emergency Management forces in executing emergency plans and to obey and comply with the lawful directions of properly identified officers.
This Declaration will remain in effect until further notice.