Fort Wayne, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – The Allen County burn ban was officially lifted at noon Friday. Over their radios, emergency responders were told, "Attention, all stations. On behalf of the Allen County Chiefs Association and authority of the Commissioners of Allen County, the burn ban has been lifted."
County officials stress that while conditions have improved in recent days, the drought continues and residents should use extra caution and common sense if they choose to burn..
Restrictions still remain in place consistent with City Ordinance in regards to open burning. Only small, contained cook-out fires are permitted within city limits. Residents are not allowed to burn debris left over from the June 29th storm.
In unincorporated parts of the county, fire officials suggest:
- making your burn pile no higher than three feet at a time;
- if you have a larger pile, notify your local fire department BEFORE you burn; and
- have a water source and shovel on hand to extinguish the fire if needed.
For those who need to dispose of debris but would prefer not to burn, material can be hauled to either of the two Allen County Solid Waste District supported compost sites — National Serv-All at 6231 MacBeth Road or Fort Wayne Biosolids Handling Facility at 5510 Lake Avenue. Both sites charge minimal fees for composting.
At this time Blackford, Noble, Wells, DeKalb, Whitley, LaGrange and Steuben Counties have also lifted their burn bans.
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