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BREAKING: Commissioners enact burn ban

Monday, September 27, 2010

In an emergency meeting Monday, the Clay County Commissioners approved an ordinance regarding widespread fire hazards, along with a resolution declaring a burn ban for all unincorporated areas of the county.

Due to various fire weather watches issued recently by the National Weather Service in regards to low humidity, strong gusty winds and dry vegetation, the commissioners approved the ban, which is effective through Oct 15.

Clay County Auditor Mary Jo Alumbaugh told The Brazil Times that depending on the situation, the commissioners may choose to meet again to either extend or rescind the ban, or choose to let it expire on the chosen date.

According to the ordinance, the following activities are prohibited during the ban:

* Campfires and other recreational fires, unless enclosed with a fire ring at least 23 inches in diameter and 10-inches high,

* Open burning of any kind using conventional fuel such as wood or other combustible matter, excluding grills fueled by charcoal briquettes or propane, and

* Burning of any debris, such as timber, vegetation or any debris resulting from building construction activities.

In addition, charcoal from permitted grills shall not be removed until it has been thoroughly extinguished, and personal use of any and all fireworks are strictly discouraged.

The ordinance allows for burning in barrels where it is authorized, with the condition that "each such barrel must have a 1/4-inch mesh top; and burning in such barrel will be authorized from dawn to dusk only."

According to the ordinance, any person or group found in violation of the burn ban "shall incur a fine of $300 per day, with each day of being in violation being a separate offense."

Also, should any local or mutual aid fire departments be dispatched because of burning, those departments may seek civil action against the violator for the reimbursement of departmental costs associated with responding to the burn. In addition, the county is entitled to seek reimbursement for reasonable attorney fees in the event any court action is required for the enforcement of penalties.


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Let's see if some of the finer residents of Clay county pay attention to this ban like they do the ban on Meth.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Mon, Sep 27, 2010, at 3:29 PM

Fireworks strictly discouraged? Big deal. The non tax paying non insurance paying idiots all around me are lighting them off like it is still Independence day. They are probably just signaling for more meth! They will be the first ones to line up for a handout when they burn their own shanty down!

-- Posted by wtfizdat on Mon, Sep 27, 2010, at 9:48 PM

This cracks me up! I'm sure they will, LEE. I'm sure they will.

-- Posted by Emmes on Tue, Sep 28, 2010, at 10:56 AM

"The ordinance allows for burning in barrels where it is authorized, with the condition that "each such barrel must have a 1/4-inch mesh top; and burning in such barrel will be authorized from dawn to dusk only."

Why do we allow residents to burn their trash? In Indiana it is illegal to do so: http://www.in.gov/idem/4549.htm

There seems to be great confusion on this law. In Harmony, people are allowed to burn garbage - and furniture, for that matter. I ask the commissioners to educate themselves and enforce fines for ALL Clay County residents who burn trash.

In Brazil (which has a local ordinance on burning trash) the residents of Edegewood get the privilege of breathing the toxic smoke coming from the homes who burn trash across the street on Murphy - because those homes are outside city limits.

It's time for the commissioners to stop this unhealthy practice for EVERYONE who lives in Clay County. Please uphold state law.

-- Posted by localgal on Tue, Sep 28, 2010, at 12:27 PM

I'm glad they enacted this. Now my wife can stop trying to cook!

-- Posted by Dagnabbitt on Tue, Sep 28, 2010, at 8:07 PM

If the county commissioners around us jumped off a cliff, would our commissioners do the same. Why don't you do something about the roads instead of worring about burn bans?

-- Posted by Katrina on Tue, Sep 28, 2010, at 9:09 PM

I miss the autumn smell of burning leaves. It went right along with Halloween when I was a kid.

I wish they'd amend the city ordinance.

-- Posted by Dagnabbitt on Tue, Sep 28, 2010, at 11:19 PM

Katrina- I think you can look for a wheel tax to be enacted soon that will help pay for work on our roads. There is only so much money in the budget and we can either deal with lower taxes and bad roads or better roads and higher taxes.

-- Posted by snow on Wed, Sep 29, 2010, at 1:54 PM

no burning of anything trash wood smoking

its all unhealthly this is the 20th century

we are suppose to be smarter

-- Posted by 1dogbob on Fri, Oct 1, 2010, at 3:47 PM

This is the 21ST century

-- Posted by reddevil on Sun, Oct 3, 2010, at 8:53 AM

and ILLEGAL in Indiana too!! http://www.in.gov/idem/4549.htm

-- Posted by localgal on Tue, Oct 5, 2010, at 12:35 AM


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