Boone County — The countywide ban on most outside fires was extended for 30 days by the Boone County Commissioners at their Monday meeting.
There is still danger and the threat of fire, said Boone County Sheriff’s Maj. Mike Nielsen, speaking on behalf of Emergency Management Agency Director Mike Martin. The rain the county has received has mostly been run-off rain.
After the 30 additional days, the ban will be reviewed. The commissioners do have the authority to lift the ban earlier than that if they receive a suggestion from the EMA.
The ban was imposed on June 27, after the Boone County Fire Chief’s Association recommended the action because of what were then moderate drought conditions. Boone has since been declared a natural disaster area, and the drought has been elevated to the extreme category.
More than 1,700 counties nationwide have been declared disaster areas by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Since July 28, 1.29 inches of rain has fallen at the Lebanon Wastewater Treatment Plant, but 1.17 inches came on Sunday, according to the Indiana State Climate Office. Sunday’s rain was only the second time this year that Lebanon has received more than one inch of rain in a 24-hour period.