On Monday, September 24, Ripley County Commissioners
issued a county-wide burn ban due to the current drought conditions.
Activities such as campfires and other recreational fires will
not be allowed. 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, will not
be allowed. Residents will not be allowed to burn debris, such
as timber or vegetation, including debris that results from
building construction activities, or use burn barrels for any
open burning at residential structures.
In a declaration signed by all three commissioners, Robert Reiners,
Chuck Folz, and Lawrence Nickell, it states, "All residents
are called upon and directed to comply with necessary emergency
measures, to cooperate with public officials and disaster services
forces in executing emergency operations plans, and to obey
and comply with the lawful directions of properly identified
In other words, all citizens are asked to comply with the no
burn issue and if they don't, law enforcement will take other
The drought has caused many lawns, fields, and other vegetation
to be extremely dry and if a tiny spark ignites, it could be
disastrous for resident's homes, property, even lives.
The burn ban is in effect until further notice.