News release from the Allen County Board of Commissioners:
Commissioners Order Burn Ban in Allen County
Declaration in effect for all townships and municipalities
The Allen County Board of Commissioners today ordered a “burn ban” for the entire county â€” including all townships and municipalities â€” as the area continues to experience the effects of a moderate drought.
The Commissioners took the step of declaring a state of emergency after consulting with officials from the cities of Fort Wayne and New Haven; the County’s Department of Homeland Security and Environmental Safety Office; and members of the Allen County Fire Chiefs Association.
Under the declaration, the following activities would be banned throughout Allen County:
[li]Unpermitted controlled burns[/li]
[li]Burning of yard and household trash[/li]
[li]Burning of construction debris[/li]
[li]Burning of organic debris[/li]
[li]Igniting of fireworks[/li]
[li]Discarding of unextinguished smoking materials of any kind on the ground or not within an enclosed fireproof receptacle[/li]
[li]Non-commercial burning of material other than for religious or ceremonial purposes which is not contained in a barbecue grill and the total fuel area does not exceed 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height.[/li]
Several of the activities listed are already prohibited or regulated either by state law or by the city of Fort Wayne within the city limits. Those prohibitions and regulations will remain in place after the ban is lifted.
Under state law, the County’s State of Emergency can remain in effect for up to seven days, but the Commissioners have the authority to extend the declaration beyond that period if necessary.