Frankfort, IN – Clinton County Commissioners at their meeting yesterday issued an extension of Ordinance 99-8, a countywide burn ban in effect immediately until further notice prohibiting fireworks, campfires or other fires for cooking and heat, burning of trash and vegetation, burning candles, flares, torches, and any other incendiary devices.
According to Frankfort Fire Chief John Kirby, the safety of residents is the Fire Department’s top priority.
“Out of an abundance of caution, we are working to enforce the burn ban. Erring on the side of safety, the ban is a proactive move put into effect before we have a major fire as a result of the dry, hot weather,” Kirby said.
According to the Fire Chief, if the Fire Department receives a call about an illegal burn, firefighters will extinguish any fire they find. In accordance with the extension of the Ordinance originally passed by County officials in 1999, law enforcement officials can issue citations up to $500 per violation.
Exceptions to the burn ban include flares used by emergency personnel, roofing or welding equipment used in commercial or agricultural work and cigarettes smoked outside if when extinguished, the cigarettes do not make contact with fuel, vegetation or other flammable materials.
Frankfort City Ordinance 93.94 states that Frankfort fire and police personnel may seize and dispose of consumer fireworks if shot off during a burn ban.
“It is not our desire to take fireworks from residents. We are asking for – and assuming we will receive – full cooperation from all community members to help ensure their own safety and the safety of their neighbors during the burn ban,” Kirby said.
The Clinton County Commissioners will hold their next meeting July 2 regarding the future status of the burn ban and the area fireworks show for the Fourth of July.
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security reports that Clinton County currently is the 26th county in the State to impose a mandatory burn ban.
For questions or interview requests, contact Clinton County Commissioners President Mike Beard at 659-8602 or Fire Chief Kirby at 654-4329.