Department of Natural Resources teams are watching state forests in an effort to stop fires before they start, but they haven’t been able to completely stop blazes from starting.
One brush fire Wednesday near Brown County State Park burned almost an acre of land, and both local and state fire crews were dispatched to quell the blaze. The park’s Assistant Property Manager Jeremy Sobecki classifies the fire danger as “very high”, and warns visitors to be more aware of the risks.
“It’s a situation where everybody needs to be very careful with what they are doing,” Sobecki says. “Even a cigarette thrown in the wrong direction could cause problems.”
While all of Brown County is under the burn ban, monitored campfires are an exception, and are still allowed in the park. For Monroe County though, the burn ban covers all types of open burning except for outdoor gas or charcoal grills. Bloomington Township fire Chief Faron Livingston, says county sheriffs, along with state and local police, are on the lookout for fires and violators.
“The Sheriff’s department WILL come out if the fire department is called out,” says Livingston.
Livingston says the ban will continue until the region receives a significant amount of rain.