|Re: Countywide Burn Ban|
|Friday, 10 June 2011 15:02|
For Immediate Release
Contact: David McCain
Interim Public Safety Director
Okeechobee County Announces Burn Ban Effective Immediately
The Okeechobee County Interim Public Safety Director, David McCain announced today, June 6, 2011 a countywide burn ban that will take effect immediately.
In response to the dry conditions, Okeechobee County along with the City of Okeechobee are imposing a city and county-wide burn ban which prohibits the burning of yard trash or other open types of open fires, such as campfires, bonfires, and burn barrels. It also prohibits fireworks and sparklers. However, residential outdoor cooking in a suitable piece of equipment designed to contain the fire, flame and heat it generates is allowable. The city and county-wide burn ban is in effect until further notice; based upon conditions which are being monitored on a daily basis.
The Division of Forestry is continuing to issue burn permits for acreage on a day by day, case by case basis. Violation of the burn ban is punishable by a fine not exceeding $500.00, imprisonment in the County jail for a term not exceeding 60 days, or both fine and imprisonment.
For more information contact:
Okeechobee County Fire Rescue at 863-763-5544 from 8am – 5pm, Monday – Friday.