Burn bans extended in several Indiana counties

Even after a little weekend rainfall, several Indiana counties are extending their burn bans because of abnormally dry and drought conditions.

"With any fire with dry condtions, fires can build and expand quicker," said South Bend Battalion Chief Mark Catanzarite. "We might have adjoining structures or the ground catch on fire as a result."

Those who live in counties without burn bans in place should still exercise caution.

Fire officials say not to burn on windy days because the gusts can feed the fire.

They also say to keep a hose handy so if the fire gets out of control it can quickly be extinguished.

If the fire continues, Catanzarite says it could affect families' Fourth of July plans.

"Our governmental bodies are contemplating what this drought might mean to the Fourth of July to see if they should make any statement or advisory," he said. "I would personally discourage anyone from shooting off fireworks in these conditions just because the ground is so dry and fires can rapidly expand."

To see what counties are under burn bans, visit http://www.in.gov/dhs/files/burn-ban/ .

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