More Counties Issue Burning Restrictions

Spotty Rain Doesn't Do Much to Cut Fire Risk

The number of counties across Indiana that have issued open burning restrictions because of dry weather has more than doubled in a week.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security reported Wednesday that restrictions were in place in 36 of the state's 92 counties.

The restrictions stretch from Lake County in the northwest corner of the state to Switzerland County in the southeast. Many of the counties are in central and southern Indiana.

A week ago, 17 counties were under burn advisories.

Carroll County fire officials on Tuesday became one of the latest to prohibit all outdoor burning.

Delphi-Tri-Township Volunteer Fire Department Chief Dennis Randle told the Journal & Courier of Lafayette that smokers should stop discarding cigarette butts on the ground.

More: Map Of Counties With Burn Bans