VERNON — After receiving several rounds of rainfall, the Jennings County Commissioners have lifted the burn ban that had been in place since June 24.
The decision follows the recent lifting of similar bans in Bartholomew, Decatur and Jackson counties.
When a lifting of the ban was discussed by the commissioners Aug. 13, dry areas in northern and eastern townships were still of concern to the three members.
The commissioners had stated they would wait until their Aug. 27 meeting to revisit the issue. However, last Friday's rainfall prompted them to remove the ban immediately.
During the ban, the Jennings County Commissioners were in routine contact with local fire chiefs, the Jennings County Emergency Management Office and the 911 Office to determine the best course of action to keep the public and responders safe.
During the dry period, local fire departments responded to numerous field and grass fires in Jennings County. They also responded to Jefferson County once to provide assistance on a large wild land fire.
Even though the burn ban has been lifted, Jennings County residents are still urged to use caution and adhere to other permanent burning regulations listed below.
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