Drought Persists: Surrounding Areas Enforce Burn Bans, No Fireworks Amid Severe Conditions

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KANKAKEE, IL – Severe drought conditions continue to plague Kankakee County and its neighboring regions in Illinois. 

Iroquois, Livingston, and a significant portion of Will County face “severe drought,” while Grundy County grapples with a “moderate drought.” The absence of rain over the past week has exacerbated the situation.

To mitigate the escalating fire risk, several counties, including Iroquois, Vermilion, Ford, and Douglas in Illinois, and Newton and Jasper in Indiana, have implemented burn bans. The Eastern Illinois Mutual Aid Association has enacted a comprehensive ban on controlled burns. 

The City of Hoopeston has issued a Red Flag burn ban, postponing the planned fireworks show. In Champaign, a “No Fireworks” ordinance has been put into place due to the conditions.

Residents are urged to comply with the burn bans, as local authorities closely monitor weather forecasts for any signs of relief. In the face of this prolonged drought, the affected communities remain resolute, united in their commitment to weather these challenging times together.

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