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COLUMBIA CITY â€” County Commissioners approved a motion to extend Whitley Countyâ€™s burn ban based on the recommendations by the Whitley County Fire Chiefâ€™s Association.
The burn ban was originally set by the commissioners to last until Mondayâ€™s meeting so they could re-asses their decision for the following week.
â€śThe fire chiefâ€™s association took a vote, and the vote was eight to keep the burn ban, including fireworks, and one opposed,â€ť said County Commissioner Don Amber. â€śSo we will continue the burn ban including fireworks.â€ť
Amber said the order would run from July 2 at 1 p.m. to July 9 at 1 p.m.
Tom Rethlake said someone had asked him if fireworks could be done out on a lake.
â€śMy response to that is can you guarantee me the wind is not going to carry it?â€ť asked Amber.
Thomas LaRue, city fire chief, agreed that it was a reasonable concern since fallout distances are hard to predict.
Cathy Broxon-Ball, EMA director, said the county is still shy of rain, and much more is expected before the county catches up to its regular amount for this time of year.
â€śSome portions of the county got less than 3/4 of an inch,â€ť said Broxon-Ball.
After discussion, the motion was approved to extend the burn ban.