Boone County — Boone County’s emergency order banning most opening burning has been lifted.
The ban had been imposed on June 27 by the Boone County Commissioners, after the Boone County Fire Chief’s Association recommended the action because of an extended drought.
Recent rainfall has reduced but not eliminated the danger that outside fires could grow out of control. In the first two weeks of August, 3.25 inches of rain was measured at the Lebanon Wastewater Treatment Plant. Still, the total rainfall measured there this year is only 16.4 inches, less than 40 percent of the site’s 30-year annual average as measured by the Indiana State Climate Office.
The ban was officially lifted at 7 a.m. Tuesday.
“The public is strongly encouraged to use open flame with caution in order to protect persons and property,” said Chuck Ritz, a spokesman for the Boone County Emergency Management Agency.
As of last week, Boone County was categorized as in “extreme” drought, the fourth of five levels ranked from least to most severe.