Decatur Fire Chief Les Marckel
The open burning ban will continue in Adams County indefinitely, according to Decatur Fire Chief Les Marckel.
Marckel told the Adams County Commissioners Monday that the sporadic rain received in the county last week was "nowhere near what we need" and that conditions have actually worsened.
"Each day we go without rain, we just need that much more to make any real difference," said Marckel. "I don't see this changing any time soon."
Until further notice, the following types of burning are banned throughout the county:
• Campfires and other recreational fires, unless enclosed in a fire ring at least 23 inches across and 10 inches is deep
• Open burning of any kind using conventional fuel such as wood, or any other combustible material, with the exception of grills fueled by charcoal briquettes or propane. Briquettes from permitted grills may not be removed until they have been thoroughly extinguished.
• The burning of debris, such as timber or vegetation, including such debris that results from building construction.
Burning in barrels with a 1/4-inch mesh top will be allowed only from dawn to dusk.
At last week's meeting, Assistant Fire Chief Jim Hitchcock, along with Berne Captain Jim Fox and Emergency Management employee Erin Hackman, strongly urged all area residents to attend public displays of fireworks only, and limit personal use to those that do not leave the ground, or use any aerial firework device.
Commissioners agreed to continue the ban until emergency personnel deem it safe to lift it.