Under dry conditions, summer activities such as grilling and setting off fireworks have the potential to cause large fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, grills and fireworks cause thousands of fires every year. Always use caution when handling anything that produces heat or could produce a spark, but take extra precautions during especially dry weather.
Burn Bans and Dry Weather
Burn bans can be ordered by a local fire chief or by the legislative body of a town, city or county. The Indiana State Fire Marshal does not declare local burn bans, but the marshal does support local efforts to reduce the fire risk escalated by dry weather.
Burn bans that are reported by counties to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security are shown on the statewide burn ban map. Each county's emergency management agency is responsible for updating the status of its burn ban.
Because local jurisdictions, not the state, order and enforce local burn bans, individuals in a burn ban area should check with the local fire department or county officials for detailed instructions on what burning activities are temporarily disallowed.