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Hot And Dry Conditions Prompt Burn Ban

Dry conditions have prompted Evansville and Vanderburgh County officials to issue burn bans. 

Both County Commissioners and the Evansville Environmental Protection Agency are banning open burning until further notice.

The local EPA has jurisdiction within the city limits and four miles beyond the city -- but not outside the county.

The Vanderburgh County declaration includes all areas outside the Evansville corporate limits but within the county.

In a news release, the EPA says only small, contained fires for cooking are allowed in the city – preferably in grills. No fires are allowed on the ground.

The county ban prohibits open burning without a written permit from the fire department that has primary jurisdiction in the area.

The National Weather Service is predicting unseasonably hot and dry conditions for the next several days.