By NICOLE OTT
The Post and Mail
COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s fireworks, which were postponed July 4 due to the county’s burn ban, have been rescheduled for September 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.
Festivities will begin at 5 p.m. with fireworks concluding the night at approximately 10 p.m.
The burn ban was put into place after the area has gone several weeks with little rainfall.
The most recent U.S. Drought Monitor showed that nearly 90 percent of Indiana is in at least moderate drought conditions and the entire state is classified as “abnormally dry.”
The area between Fort Wayne and Lafayette — including Whitley County — are considered to be experiencing “extreme drought conditions.”
Whitley County’s Commissioners elected to extend the county’s burn ban through July 9, but through next week, forecasts show only a 30 percent chance of rain on Sunday, with hot, humid temperatures through the rest of the weekend.
Commissioners take reccomendations from the county’s Fire Cheif’s Association, which voted to extend the ban on Monday.