GUIDELINES FOR ACTIVITIES DURING A BURN BAN - ISSUED BY VANDERBURGH COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND THE EVANSVILLE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Effective June 19, 2012, the Vanderburgh County Commissioners and the Evansville Environmental Protection Agency (EEPA) have issued concurrent Burn Bans for Vanderburgh County. The EEPA has jurisdiction within the City limits and four (4) miles beyond City limits, but not outside Vanderburgh County, while the Vanderburgh County declaration includes all areas outside the Evansville corporate limits. The Vanderburgh County Commissioners and the EEPA coordinate issuing Burn Bans and lifting Burn Bans to reduce conflicting requirements and improve public safety.
WITHIN EEPA JURISDICTION:
Within City limits, only small, contained fires for cooking are allowed. These fires should be in cooking grills. No fires on the ground are allowed. As always, only clean wood, LP / Natural gas or charcoal may be burned. Burning wood that has been painted, stained, glued or treated or burning paper, plastics, trash or leaves is always prohibited.
NO burning in barrels for disposal; NO burning directly on the ground. NO recreational fires in chimineas, patio fire pits or similar devices. NO burning wood that has been painted, stained, glued or treated or burning paper, plastics, trash or leaves. NO ditch clearing or agricultural fires are allowed. NO Air Curtain Destructors shall be operated.
Violations of the Burn Ban or burning prohibited materials will result in a Letter of Violation and penalties which begin at Fifty Dollars ($50.00) and can be as much as Seven Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($7,500.00) per violation per day.
Fires in indoor heating units and outdoor cooking grills do NOT need prior EEPA approval. However, many citizens do call in for approval for these types of fires. When this occurs, EEPA will note the needed information and enter the information in our Fire Log.
When a Burn Ban is not in effect, to obtain approval for a fire, call EEPA at 435-6145 during normal business hours and request permission. EEPA will note the needed information and enter that information in our Fire Log. Immediately before the end of each business day, EEPA will email the Fire Log to the Distribution list.
OUTSIDE EEPA JURISDICTION WITHIN VANDERBURGH COUNTY:
The Open Burning Emergency shall be in effect for all unincorporated areas of Vanderburgh County and valid 24 hours a day. The ban shall run concurrent with the ban in the City of Evansville.
No person shall set, start or attempt to set, or allow to continue, an open fire within the County unless he or she has first obtained and has in his or her possession a written permit from the commanding office of the fire department having primary jurisdiction over the area where the open fire is to be conducted.
Any person deemed guilty of a violation of this declaration, and upon conviction, shall be fined Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00).
Source: Evansville Environmental Protection Agency