The cold front that moved through the Miami Valley overnight brought SOME rain… but not ENOUGH rain. Doppler estimates are below:
We continue to dry out across the area, and as I tweeted yesterday, much of the Miami Valley is now under a moderate drought. Here is the updated Drought Monitor for the week:
Our farmer friends up in Fort Loramie were really hoping for some rain for the fields–as I’m sure many of you were for the lawns & gardens. Unfortunately, they were one of the spots that didn’t get anything at all. Now we dry out for another few days. Wayne Co, IN has actually implemented a BURN BAN for the entire county. I’ve posted more from Wayne Co EMA below… as the grass is getting brown in most spots… this is good for everyone to read…
Due to continued dry conditions that promote rapid fire spread; the Fire Chiefs of Wayne County have ordered a ban on open burning. Open burning is now banned in all areas of Wayne County.
TO ALL RESIDENTS AND PROPERTY OWNERS LOCATED IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS OF WAYNE COUNTY INDIANA:
The Townships of — Abington, Boston, Center, Clay, Dalton, Franklin, Green, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, New Garden, Perry, Washington, and Webster
The Towns of — Abington, Boston, Cambridge City, Centerville, Dublin, Economy, Fountain City, Greens Fork, Hagerstown, Milton, Webster, and Williamsburg
NOTE: The Richmond Fire Chief has also ordered a ban on open burning in the City of Richmond and all of Wayne Township.
The Fire Chiefs responsible for fire protection in the above described areas of Wayne County, Indiana have determined that the lack of rainfall has created excessively dry conditions which significantly increases the risk and promotes the rapid spread of fire and; that such situation poses an immediate and continuing hazardous condition for the residents and property owners in these areas that requires immediate action to limit and control fire sources.
Effective immediately, the following activities are prohibited in the above described towns and townships:
1) Campfires and other recreational fires, unless enclosed in a fire ring with dimensions of 23 inches in diameter by 10 inches high or higher; and
2) Open burning of any kind using conventional fuel such as wood, or other combustible matter, with the exception of grills fueled by charcoal briquettes or propane; and
3) The burning of debris, such as timber or vegetation, including such debris that results from building construction activities; and
4) The discarding of matches, ashes or other burning materials from a vehicle.
Burning will be allowed in burn barrels with a 1/4″ mesh top from dawn to dusk only in townships and incorporated and unincorporated towns that do not have current burn ordinances in place.
Charcoal from permitted grills shall not be removed from the grills until the charcoal has been thoroughly extinguished.
In addition, we strongly encourage our residents to attend public displays of fireworks and limit their personal use of fireworks to those that do not leave the ground, and that refrain from using aerial firework devices.
This order shall not prohibit the use of gas or charcoal grills used solely for the preparation of food; fires within fireplaces or non combustible fire rings; or fires within incinerators permitted by state law as long as all such fires are closely attended while burning, sufficient fire extinguishment provisions are maintained and the fires properly and thoroughly extinguished.
This ban on open burning will remain in effect until sufficient rainfall is received to adequately relieve the hazardous condition. The ban will be reviewed weekly.
This action is taken pursuant to the Indiana Fire Code, Section 307.1.1 and 675 IAC 22-2.4-4 which states “The Fire Chief is authorized to require open burning to be immediately discontinued if such burning constitutes a hazardous condition.” Those persons who are found to be in violation of this order may be fined and/or billed by the fire department and possibly subject to additional criminal penalties.
So ordered this 20th day of June, 2012 at 9:00 PM. For more information contact your local Fire Department.
Behind our cold front, cooler and less-humid air is heading our way. It still feels muggy out there this morning, with dew points in the mid-60s… but looking to the northwest, there are lower values–mid-50s in Chicago & Peoria:
During the afternoon, that air arrives, so we’ll see lowering humidity as the clouds give way to plenty of sunshine. Highs will be about 10-degrees cooler than we have been, with near-normal values in the lower 80s. The evening looks absolutely delightful, as temperatures drop into the mid-70s through the Dayton Dragons game. Overnight will be pleasantly cool–nice enough to open up the windows again. But there WILL be a slow warming trend over the weekend: mid-80s Saturday… and upper 80s on Sunday. The next rain chance comes Sunday night, but at this point it doesn’t look like much to get excited about.
Have a great weekend!