State officials are urging farmers to use precaution as the drought has increased risks for fire, harmful dust and mold due to decomposition.
Officials say Columbus residents are confused about what sirens mean or have become complacent about possible dangers.
Assistant Superintendent Dale Chu says the purpose of all the public meetings around the state is not necessarily to be a forum for debate.
Department of Natural Resources teams are watching state forests in an effort to stop fires before they start.
Drought conditions have left southern Indiana dry and dangerous. The DNR is encouraging residents to take precautions to avoid sparking a fire.