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St. Lucie, Indian River counties lift burn bans after much needed rain

Posted at 3:43 PM, Jun 14, 2024

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — St. Lucie and Indian River counties lifted county-wide burn bans Friday afternoon.

The agencies said recent rainfall has eased drought conditions in both counties.

The county-wide burn bans in St. Lucie County and Indian River County were put into effect on June 7 and May 7, respectively, following numerous brush fires in both areas over the past several weeks.

A fire in western St. Lucie County broke out May 2 when a lightning strike ignited it.

Another fire that burned 155 acres ignited on May 11 near Peacock Road and Okeechobee Road, which is close to the St. Lucie County Fairgrounds. Officials said lawn equipment possibly ignited that fire.

WPTV reported flames from a brush fire came alarmingly close to homes in St. Lucie County on June 11, while the burn was in place, due to severe drought conditions.

Officials said even though recent rains have helped lower the drought index, they are urging residents to continue to be mindful of dry conditions.