Burn ban over in Polk County | Environment
Polk County, FL -- It appears that the summer rainy season has arrived. Effective today, Polk County’s burn ban is repealed.
According to the Division of Forestry’s July 7 report, Polk County is currently averaging 309 on the Keetch Byram Drought Index. Only 4 percent of the county is still dry, with a KBDI above 500.
The repeal includes all of the unincorporated areas of Polk County as well as the municipalities who chose to participate in the mandatory ban that took effect on June 8. Those municipalities include: Auburndale, Bartow, Eagle Lake, Fort Meade, Frostproof, Lake Alfred, Mulberry, Polk City and Winter Haven.
This action in no way impacts the burn permits that are issued by the State Division of Forestry (DOF) for clearing land, controlled burning, etc.
For more information about brush fires, fire dangers and how to develop a “firewise” community, visit, www.nfpa.org or www.firewise.org. For information about fireworks, visit the state fire marshal’s website, www.myfloridacfo.com/sfm.