News From Terre Haute, Indiana

August 8, 2012

Burn bans lifted as rains sprinkle some of Indiana

CHARLES WILSON
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — More than half the counties in northern Indiana have lifted their open burning bans following recent rains, although experts say that much more steady precipitation is needed to relieve the severe drought conditions faced by most of the state.

Twenty-eight counties have lifted burn bans, the vast majority of them in northern Indiana. Sixty-one of the state’s 92 counties still have burn bans in effect. A government report last week showed about 85 percent of the state was facing at least severe drought conditions.

National Weather Service meteorologist Courtney Obergfell says northern Indiana has received 2 to 5 inches of rain in recent weeks, but that’s only a short-term relief.

Still, she says grass fires aren’t such a concern when the grass is green.