More Hoosier counties have declared open-burning bans. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security says this (Wed.) morning 66 of the state’s 92 counties have such bans in effect.
In the IPR listening area, community or county-wide bans can be found in these counties: Miami, Wabash, Howard, Grant, Blackford, Tipton, Madison, Delaware, Randolph, Hamilton, Marion, Hancock, Henry, Rush, Fayette, Union, and Wayne.
Indiana’s abnormally dry weather is prompting the bans. No rainfall appears in the forecast until early next week. The National Weather Service tells IPR News this (Wed.) morning, there is no sustained or soaking rain in the forecast for central and southern Indiana over the next two weeks. The weather service says there is also a possibility that a fire weather watch could be issued for parts of Indiana, Thursday, because of increasing winds.