Burn bans sweep the Tri-State, local businesses feel the heat

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) — After minimal rainfall, areas in the Tri-State have started to feel the heat, prompting burn bans in thirteen counties. Among them, Vanderburgh, Warrick and Gibson in Indiana and Daviess and Hopkins in Kentucky. Now, Henderson is joining the list. 

“It’s better to be safe than sorry,” says Henderson City Fire Chief Scott Foreman. 

Foreman says while Henderson doesn’t have much farmland within its city limits, the ban is necessary precaution. 

“Even the recreational burn pits in the backyard, does that pose a big danger, who knows. If an ember flies over your fence and gets in the cornfield behind you or the bean field behind you, now it’s a big issue,” said Foreman. 

“Most of our traffic that we get in here is foot traffic so a lot of families are taking walks and stuff like that. When it’s too hot or too cold, they’re not walking. So when the temperature is just right outside and it feels good, that’s when we’ll have families coming in and getting frozen yogurt,” said Melissa Brown with Second Street Treats.

But for others the heat has been blessing. 

“It’s been a really good year for the air conditioning. It’s been hot all summer and usually it starts to cool off but it’s not and people still want their air conditioners running in this hot weather and they still want to replace them if they need it. They don’t want to go any time at all without their unit,” said Jay Backer with T&G Heating and Air Conditioning.

Backer says the business has received many calls to replace or repair older units because they’re receiving more wear and tear than normal. 

“Normally this time your air conditioning units, if it does run, it’s not that long. But as you can see, your air conditioning unit will be running 10-12 hours a day and even through the night with this heat,” said Backer.

Evansville has already set the record for the driest September in history, and with temperatures expected to reach 95 degrees for the next few days, the area could also be on the way to the warmest October in history.

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(This story was originally published on September 30, 2019)

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