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Burn ban in effect in Okeechobee County

Posted at 2:17 PM, Feb 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-23 14:25:27-05

A burn ban is now in effect county-wide in Okeechobee, according to Okeechobee County Fire Chief Ralph Franklin.

The ban, which also includes the city of Okeechobee, is due to dry conditions.

NOT ALLOWED

burning yard trash

campfires

bonfires

fireworks (unless permitted by the Fire Chief having jurisdiction)

ALLOWED

Residential outdoor cooking in equipment designed to contain the fire, flame and heat it generates 

Burning permitted by The Florida Division of Forestry 

The county says the burn ban will remain in effect until further notice.

Violators face a $500.00 fine, up to 60 days in jail, or both.