EVANSVILLE, IN – After consulting with the Evansville Fire Department and the Suburban Firefighters Association, the open burning ban for the City of Evansville and Vanderburgh County (as approved by the County Commissioners September 4th) is hereby revoked effective Wednesday, September 5th.
Although conditions have improved, caution is still advised. During the ban the Evansville Environmental Protection Agency (EEPA) received hundreds of calls which raised concern that many area residents might not be aware that all open burning activities are regulated by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) and the EEPA where applicable (the area including four miles beyond city limits, but not outside Vanderburgh County).
Burning of anything other than clean wood or vegetation is prohibited throughout Indiana. With prior approval, City and County residents may have a 3’ diameter or smaller recreational fire consisting of dry seasoned wood. City residents are expected to use curbside pickup service for yard waste disposal. County residents may conduct open burning for property maintenance in a non-combustible container that has enclosed sides and a bottom, or an open pile of up to 1,000 ft3 of tree waste if a variance (permit) from IDEM (and EEPA if applicable) is first obtained, however alternatives to burning are preferred. Open burning must be attended at all times, may not be conducted during windy or air quality alert days, and must be extinguished if it creates a nuisance or a fire hazard. See 326 IAC 4-1 and EMC 16.05.200 (links below) for more information.
SOURCE: City of Evansville EPA
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