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COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Board of Commissioners chair Don Amber announced today the county-wide ban on open burning, which includes the use of fireworks, would be extended another week.
â€śI heard a forecast that we could get rain (during the weekend) so weâ€™ll see,â€ť said Amber.
The extension of the ban will take the prohibition up to the next meeting of the commissioners.
The current ban was set to expire today at 1 p.m.
Whitley County followed the lead of other counties and the city of Columbia City in banning open burning when it issued an executive order June 25.
The county-wide ban included the use of fireworks and was backed up by the Whitley County Prosecutorâ€™s Office.
Columbia Cityâ€™s ban was issued June 15.
Columbia Cityâ€™s annual fireworks display, originally planned for July 3, has been rescheduled for Sept. 22.
The city will be holding a Fall Festival at Morsches Park, which includes food vendors, games for kids and a performance by Spike and the Bulldogs.