News release from the Allen County Board of Commissioners:
Countywide Burn Ban to Continue Indefinitely
Communities urged to consider postponing fireworks shows
(June 29, 2012) â€” The Allen County Board of Commissioners today decided to keep in place the countywide emergency declaration and “burn ban” due to extreme drought conditions until further notice.
Activities banned as part of the order include:
[li]Unpermitted ignition of fireworks;[/li]
[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]Discarding of unextinguished smoking materials of any kind on the ground or not within an enclosed fireproof receptacle; and[/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]
The igniting of fireworks by those with proper state or municipal permits is not banned under the order. However, the Commissioners “strongly encouraged” communities to postpone any plans for public fireworks shows or displays until after the emergency declaration ends.
The state of emergency was originally issued by the Commissioners on June 15 and extended last Friday after consulting with officials from the cities of Fort Wayne and New Haven, members of the County Fire Chiefs Association and the County’s Office of Homeland Security.
Several of the activities listed are already prohibited or regulated either by state law or by the city of Fort Wayne within its city limits. Those prohibitions and regulations will remain in place after the emergency declaration is lifted.