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Officials say burn ban on 'indefinitely'

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

While the area did receive some rain during the weekend, the burn ban placed in effect June 28 still stands, according to officials.

"We haven't really had any sizable rain to make much of a difference," Clay County Commissioner Charlie Brown told The Brazil Times. "(The burn ban) is on indefinitely until further notice."

The Clay County Commissioners issued the countywide burn ban in the last week of June.

The ban, ordinance No. 16-2012, contains several activities residents are prohibited to take part in, 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 and 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 barrels is 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 who violate the ordinance may incur a fine of $300 per day, with each day of violation being a separate offense.

As of Wednesday, Benton, Pulaski and Greene counties had lifted countywide burn bans.

However, the City of Jasonville's burn ban remained.

In addition, officials with the Indiana State Police (ISP) issued a press release Tuesday stating that due to current drought conditions statewide, ISP troopers may enforce state statutes regarding the throwing of lighted materials from vehicles.

According to the press release, Indiana Code 35-45-3-3 states a person throwing a "lighted cigarette, cigar, match or other burning material from a moving motor vehicle commits a class A infraction."

The release also stated the person occupying the vehicle could be cited for littering, a class B infraction, under Indiana Code 35-45-3-2, if they "recklessly, knowingly or intentionally place or leave refuse on property of another person, except in a container provided for refuse."

According to ISP Superintendent Paul Whitesell, troopers have the "discretion to take enforcement action under these statutes."

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