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Burn bans come to Henderson in Kentucky, Gibson and Perry counties; rain coming

Thomas B. Langhorne
Evansville Courier & Press

EVANSVILLE — Dry weather conditions have some area counties — Gibson and Perry in Indiana and Henderson in Kentucky — effecting burn bans this week.

In all, more than 25 Indiana counties had put burn bans in effect to prevent the spread of fires as of Thursday afternoon, according to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. The state agency maintains a of Indiana counties' burn ban statuses. It can be found here: .

"Southern Indiana is experiencing moderate drought conditions, while much of the northern part of the state is experiencing abnormally dry conditions, thus indicating a higher risk of the unintentional spread of a fire," the state agency said in a statement released Thursday.

Relief is coming. , according to the National Weather Service's Paducah, Kentucky office.

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Henderson County's burn ban includes the cities of Henderson, Robards and Corydon, stated an executive order of Judge Executive Brad Schneider. Exemptions are: Personal food preparation using outdoor gas or charcoal grills or other self-contained cooking platforms; and food preparation for community events at which a city or volunteer fire department provides on-site fire protection.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security said restrictions on outdoor burning activities or burn bans can be ordered by any local fire chief or may be imposed by a city, town or county's legislative body. Officials consider several factors when making the decision to issue a burn ban, said the Department of Homeland Security — soil conditions, relative humidity and wind speeds.

"Burn bans can include outdoor burning, campfires and open flame activities," the agency stated.