TAVARES — The Lake County Department of Public Safety rescinded the countywide burn ban today that was enacted Jan. 4 in accordance with Lake County Code 10.5-75.
According to Jim Dickerson, Assistant Fire Chief for the Department of Public Safety, Lake County's Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) is currently averaging 336, and is expected to fall below 300 due to recent rains.
“Although the burn ban is being rescinded, it is still important that everyone be aware that the next two months are Florida’s typical wildfire season,” said Dickerson. “Much of the ground cover acts as surface fuel, but is recovering from its dormant stage and remains brown and susceptible to increased fire activity.”
Lake County Fire Rescue is continually monitoring atmospheric conditions to watch for changes that could increase wildfire activity. During this time of year, when conditions are normally drier, citizens are encouraged to continue to observe safe fire practices which include:
- Refrain from burning yard waste when high winds are present.
- Ensure all fires are completely extinguished prior to leaving them unattended.
- Never leave active fires unattended, and have a means of extinguishing the fire close by (i.e. – garden hose or fire extinguisher)
- Continue to re-check any fire areas for several days following extinguishment to ensure it doesn’t rekindle.
For more information about wildfire prevention, call the Lake County Department of Public Safety at (352) 343-9458.