Monroe County Lifts Burn Ban

Monroe County Commissioners voted to lift the burn ban that was put in place June 15.

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Monroe County residents are now allowed to burn brush as long as they follow state rules.

Monroe County is lifting its burn ban Tuesday after nearly three months. The Monroe County Commissioners voted to lift the ban on the recommendation of county fire officials after the county received about 1.5 inches of rain from the remnants of Hurricane Isaac.

Bloomington Township Fire Department Fire Chief Faron Livingston says unlike previous rains this summer, much of the water soaked into the ground, lowering the fire risk.

The county’s burn ban went into effect June 15. According to the state Department of Homeland Security, only 10 Indiana counties are still under a burn ban. Officials urge residents to still take safety precautions and follow state rules when burning.

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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