Drought Conditions Prompt Mandatory Burn Bans

April 26, 2017

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As California's massive drought appears to be over, it's Florida's turn to be dry.  With raging wildfires in the southern part of the state and very little rain in teh weather forecasts, Alachua and Marion County officials approved an emergency burn ban ordinance until further notice.  The ban forbids the use of fireworks, flares and outdoor burning, which includes burning lawn, debris and trash.  Although the ban does not cover outdoor cooking, authorities urge extreme caution as unattended grills could be the source of a devastating wildfire. Mandatory burn bans are in place for Levy and Citrus counties. Alachua County is about 8 inches behind from normal in rain for the year and Marion County is more than 9 inches behind.

SOURCE: Florida Department Of AgricultureGainesville Sun & Ocala Star Banner

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