The Orange County Commissioners have issued a burn ban, after over half of Indiana has been listed as abnormally dry according to the US Department of Agriculture.

All of the following are prohibited, with exceptions:

  1. Campfires and other recreational fires UNLESS they are in a fire ring at least 23 inches in diameter and 10 inches high, or larger

.2. Open burning (control burns or brush burns) of any kind with conventional fuel such as wood or other combustible matter EXCEPT for charcoal grills or grills fueled by propane.

The burn ban will be in effect until 09-22-2020.

This will make the third county in southern Indiana to issue a burn ban as dry conditions continue throughout the State of Indiana. 

Both Martin and Lawrence Counties have issued burn bans so far. 

They are listed as DO – or Abnormally Dry in the Drought Monitor Index at

Thirteen northern Indiana counties are listed as D1 Moderately Dry, which is the second step of a five-stage scale.