Howard County Burn Ban Lifted

Howard County plans to lift its burn ban that has been in place since June.

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A fire burns in 2006 in Indiana.

Howard County lifted its burn ban Monday after more than a month with the ban in place. The county commissioners agreed to lift the ban, making it one of several northern Indiana counties to have done so in recent weeks.

President of the Howard County Fire Chiefs Association Landen Bartley says the area has received enough rain in recent weeks to make it safe to burn again.

“It hasn’t been a large amount of rainfall, but it’s been enough to bring the yards back up again,” he says. “Crop fields are green, foliage is still green.”

Commissioner Tyler Moore says even when burning is legal again, people should take extra safety measures.

“There’s still a concern and we will encourage the residents to still be mindful of this and cautious when and if they do decide to burn,” he says.

Sixty-three counties in the state still have bans according to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security’s website as of Monday.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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