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Officials enact burn ban

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Clay County Commissioner Charlie Brown
On Thursday, the Clay County Commissioners issued a countywide burn ban, eight days after mulling the possibility.

The commissioners placed the ban in effect effective at 1:15 p.m., Thursday, during a special meeting.

Commissioner Charlie Brown told The Brazil Times with excessive heat and no rain in the upcoming forecast, a burn ban was necessary.

"We've been monitoring it closely," Brown said.

He added the commissioners had taken the upcoming July 4 holiday into consideration in regard to issuing the ban, especially with the annual Rotary Club of Brazil 4th of July Celebration taking place.

However, according to Rotary Club of Brazil officials, the Forest Park Golf Course will be heavily saturated prior to the annual Fireworks Display, set for Wednesday, July 4. In addition, members of the Brazil Fire Department will be on hand during the fireworks show.

The ban, ordinance No. 16-2012, has several activities residents are prohibited to do, including:

* Campfires and/or other recreational fires, unless enclosed in a fire ring, with dimensions of 23-inches in diameter and 10-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, vegetation, including such debris that results from building construction activities,

* Where burning in barrels is authorized, each such barrel must have a one-fourth inch mesh top, and burning in such barrel will be authorized from dawn to dusk only,

* Charcoal from permitted grills shall not be removed from the grills until the charcoal has been thoroughly extinguished, and

* The personal use of any and all fireworks shall be strictly discouraged.

According to the ordinance, residents being in violation may incur a fine of $300 per day, with each day of being in violation being a separate offense.

Clay County Emergency Management Director Bryan Husband told The Brazil Times the ban was necessary due to the extreme heat and lack of rain.

"This decision weighed on (the commissioners)," Husband said. "But, with the lack of rain, they felt like it was the best thing to do."

The ban will be in effect until further notice.

As of Thursday evening, there were only nine counties in the state to not have burn bans in place, including Lake, Porter, Newton, Warren, Ripley, Dearborn, Ohio, Clark and Harrison.

A burn ban in Warren County was lifted June 19.

Clay County Emergency Management Director Bryan Husband
In addition, Hamilton and Posey counties both had local burn bans in place, but nothing countywide.

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Thank you for showing common sense.

-- Posted by Combat VET on Fri, Jun 29, 2012, at 8:38 PM

Does anyone really believe that someone dumb enough to light a fire under these conditions is going to pay any attention to a burn ban? ...or even know about it? You can't legislate common sense. Stop trying. It's dumb to not have a fire ring anytime, not just when it's dry. Why is it that elected officials feel it's necessary for burn bans? Only an idiot would be open burning this time of year, and, if they are that much of an idiot, they probably won't know about the burn ban. So, I see the burn ban simply as a way for elected officials to push their authority around and attempt to look intelligent.

-- Posted by ClayPrepper on Sun, Jul 1, 2012, at 4:29 PM

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