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Burn ban to remain despite rain

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Despite the rainfall Thursday afternoon, which flowed up and down the streets of Brazil, officials believe more is needed in order to dissolve a countywide burn ban. [Order this photo]
While the area has received some rain in recent days, the Clay County burn ban will remain intact.

Sort of.

On Thursday, Clay County Commissioner Charlie Brown told The Brazil Times the ban is still on, but with recent rains, he said he has told constituents to contact their local fire department if they want to burn items.

"It still hasn't rained enough," Brown said. "It's still pretty dry. I've encouraged everyone not to burn, and everyone has been really cautious and concerned about it."

WTHI News 10 Chief Meteorologist David Wire said the recent rains have had "an impact in a positive manner," but it simply isn't enough.

"The problem is we were at the highest level of drought, which is exceptional," Wire said. "To come out of that is going to take more rain."

Wire said it would take 1-inch of rain every 10 days through the month of October to get out of the current drought-like conditions.

"Unless we get that, it may be tough to do," he said. "But we are in a different pattern than what we were in during the summer. Basically, we're in a pattern where we're going to have cooler temperatures. We're seeing more chances of rain showers.

"The pattern we're in right now, it's showing temperature changes and moisture patterns. But things are still very, very dry. We were in an exceptional drought."

Clay County Emergency Management Director Bryan Husband has worked closely with the Clay County Commissioners regarding the burn ban. On Thursday, Husband said he expects the ban to remain intact for quite some time.

"It depends on the weather," Husband said. "Things are greening up more, but it's just not green enough yet. People still need to use due diligence.

"A couple of rains (will not) fix the problem. If it doesn't get green enough by the middle of September, it's going to be a bad brush season."

Currently around the Wabash Valley, Clay County is not alone. Vigo, Vermillion, Parke, Putnam, Owen and Sullivan also still have countywide burn bans. Greene County lifted its countywide burn ban, but the City of Jasonville still has an active ban.

The Clay County Commissioners enacted the burn ban June 28. Since then, Husband said there have been some brush fires, but not many.

"The brush fires have been few and far between," he said. "People have really handled this really well with limiting what they have burned.

"There have been a few (brush fires), but not any big ones. Just a couple of ones, and that's really good."

Still, Brown said more rain would be needed in order for the burn ban to dissolve.

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