Seymour, Ind. (WHAS11) -- Temperatures in the one hundreds are on the way, and with the lack of rain, the fire danger in Kentuckiana is growing. As of Tuesday afternoon, burn bans are in place in eight southern Indiana counties in the WHAS area: Floyd, Scott, Jefferson, Jackson, Orange, Lawrence, Dubois and Perry. As of Tuesday night two Kentucky counties in the WHAS viewing area were placed under a burn ban: Breckinridge and Harding.
Acres of dry brush, low humidity, wind, and temperatures headed for triple digits have Chief Donald Scnicter, President of the Jackson County Fire Chief’s Association, say the last time he can remember a burn ban leading up to the 4th of July was 1988.
Scnicter says he would like to see fireworks banned outright in these conditions. However Indiana law prohibits local governments from banning fireworks between July 1 and 9. Since fireworks will remain legal during a time of high fire danger, Scnicter recommends taking precautions such as only using fireworks that stay on the ground, saturating all surrounding ground surfaces with water, and soaking all fireworks remains in water before throwing them away.
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