Polk County Officials issue burn ban | Environment
Polk County, Florida-- Due to the extended drought, Polk County Fire Rescue officials have issued a burn ban.
“We have held off as long as we possibly can on issuing this burn ban,” said Polk County Fire Rescue Chief David Cash Thursday. “Conditions are favorable for the rapid development and spread of brush fires and we need to take every step necessary to ensure the safety of Polk’s residents and their property.”
The burn ban includes, but is not limited to, the burning of trash, yard debris, campfires, bonfires, construction debris and fireworks. Any person who refuses to comply with this burn ban will be in violation of County Ordinance 08-105, which according to officials, is punishable by a fine of up to $500, or by imprisonment by a term of up to 60 days in the county jail, or both.
This action in no way impacts the burn permits that are issued by the Florida Forestry Service for land clearing, controlled burning, etc.
The burn ban affects all Polk County Fire Rescue coverage area which includes all unincorporated Polk County as well as the following municipalities:
- Eagle Lake
- Hillcrest Heights
- Lake Hamilton
- Polk City
Five additional municipalities have also adopted the burn ban:
- Fort Meade
- Lake Alfred
- Haines City
For more information on brush fires, fire dangers or how to develop a firewise community, visit www.nfpa.org or http://www.firewise.org/. For more information on Polk County Fire Rescue visit, www.polkfire.net.