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Officials comment on burn ban status

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

With two surrounding counties already issuing burn bans, Clay County officials have elected to take a wait and see approach.

On Wednesday, Clay County Commissioner Charlie Brown told The Brazil Times issuing a burn ban is not on the table at this time.

"Right now, it doesn't seem to be a concern," Brown said. "We'll see how things progress. People are basically being careful."

Clay County Emergency Management Director Bryan Husband said he met with officials earlier this week and it was determined a burn ban would not be issued.

"We have not had any rations of fires," Husband said. "I know we need to be proactive, but we've just had very, very few.

"With the Fourth of July coming, I think (the commissioners) want everybody to have a chance to celebrate."

However, Husband said officials would continue to monitor the situation.

"We'll check it each week," he said. "We'll check to see if there have been any events that could lead to (a burn ban being issued). We'll just see what happens. There have been very few brush fires over the last week or two. But we'll keep an eye on it."

Husband said two counties bordering Clay, Sullivan and Vigo, have both issued burn bans. In addition, the City of Jasonville issued a burn ban Tuesday.

With two neighboring counties issuing burn bans, Brown said officials would address a possible burn ban if needed.

"As of right now, we're monitoring it," Brown said. "If we start to get some fires, then we have to look at it. But right now, it seems like people in the county are making a concentrated effort. We don't want to create a problem. I think we'll be OK."

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Wow gotta get those fireworks in, the Rotary Club has more power than your county! Good Job Sam.

-- Posted by Combat VET on Thu, Jun 21, 2012, at 7:01 AM

Every County on the fire band are allowed to display fireworks. Listen to the news and read newspapers first, then comment.

-- Posted by smallguysmalltown on Thu, Jun 21, 2012, at 10:57 AM

smallguysmalltown Just my opinion and don't tell me what to do guy.

-- Posted by Combat VET on Fri, Jun 22, 2012, at 12:56 AM

Don't make me pull over you two!! (sheesh)

I did read the article, I didn't just pick out what I WANTED to read. And I'm ok with their decision against the burn ban - regardless of WHOSE idea it was (like that matters).

The focus should be on how people are BEING CAREFUL because they want everyone to be able to enjoy Brazil's fireworks on the 4th of July. It's tradition and it's safe. If the fireworks people don't believe the conditions are safe, they won't put them on. Period.

Don't get your knickers in a bunch.

-- Posted by Emmes on Fri, Jun 22, 2012, at 11:53 AM

We are now surrounded by burn ban counties, good job.

-- Posted by Combat VET on Mon, Jun 25, 2012, at 3:32 PM

a burn ban should be in effect 32 counties have the ban Not till something happens and its too late that we will be in a burn ban not to swift if you think about it

what about preventive measures Da?

-- Posted by 2amigos on Wed, Jun 27, 2012, at 3:56 PM

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