According to Cathy Reed of the Kosciusko County Emergency Management office, commissioner Bob Conley informed the office today that the board has reviewed the matter and, after having discussions with the Kosciusko County Firefighters Association, have opted to extend the burn ban at least through Friday, June 29.
Conley told Reed the firemen’s association overwhelmingly supports the extended ban issuing a statement that, in part, says, ” … we need it now more than ever.”
Kosciusko County Sheriff Rocky Goshert also wishes to advise local citizens to use simple, common sense during this time of extreme dry weather when having campfires or other outside activities involving the use of a flame.
Prohibited as part of the burn ban are the following:
1. campfires and other recreational fires, unless enclosed in a fire ring with dimensions of 23 inches in diameter x 10 inches high or larger;
2. open burning of any kind using conventional fuel such as wood, or other combustible matter, with the exception of grills fueled by charcoal briquettes or propane;
3. the burning of debris, such as timber or vegetation, including such debris that results from building construction activities; and
4. use of personal fireworks, with the exception of organized fireworks displays when the local fire department is on site
Burning will be allowed in burn barrels with a 1/4-inch mesh top from dawn to dusk only.
Charcoal from permitted grills shall not be removed from the grills until the charcoal has been thoroughly extinguished.