Monroe County Drought Severity and Coverage Index
For the next week, Monroe County, Indiana is under a burn ban, declared by board of county commissioners president Penny Githens.
The news was released by Justin Baker, who is deputy director of Monroe County’s emergency management agency.
The ban went into effect at 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 13 and will go through Monday, Nov. 20.
Leading to the ban are the dry conditions that the southwestern part of the state has seen over the last several weeks.
Monroe is one of 16 counties in the state that have a current burn ban in effect. Monroe County’s neighbors to the southwest—Lawrence and Greene counties—have also imposed burn bans. Continue reading “Burn ban due to dry conditions: Monroe one of 16 Hoosier counties”
At Wednesday’s meeting of Monroe County commissioners, county director of emergency management Allison Moore told them no outdoor burn ban was yet recommended for the county, despite persistent dry conditions.
She still asked the public to exercise caution: “We do challenge you to make good decisions when you’re burning things.” Making good decisions includes making sure you have a good preparedness plan in place, she added.
Moore said that she had been busy with other officials contemplating the same kind of burn ban that 14 other counties across south central Indiana had implemented over the last few weeks.
In this latest dry phase, the first county to declare a burn ban was Martin County, southwest of Monroe County, on Sept. 10.
Owen County, northwest of Monroe County, had earlier declared a ban, but lifted it on Oct. 1.
The quarter inch (0.24) of rain recorded at the weather station on the Indiana University campus in Bloomington during the month of September made it the third-driest September for the period of record dating back to 1895.
The driest September on record was last year, and that dry spell also prompted some surrounding counties to implement burn bans. Continue reading “No burn ban yet for Monroe County, but EM director says: “Make good decisions when you’re burning things.””