TAVARES —Lake County Fire Rescue (LCFR) announced recently that because of the rainfall levels over the past several days and the improvements to soil moisture conditions, the wildfire response level for the County is being decreased to “elevated”.
“Although we have decreased the response level, we continue to actively monitor the threat of wildfires in Lake County,” said Jim Dickerson, Assistant Fire Chief, LCFR. “The recent rainfall has helped slightly with the overall threat, but because we were already in extreme drought conditions, the danger for wildfires continues.”
As part of the recent increase in wildfire response levels, LCFR partnered with fire rescue personnel from Eustis, Mount Dora, Tavares, Leesburg, Groveland, Clermont, Mascotte, the Villages and Volusia County to establish structure protection strike teams. The teams were broken out into North, Central and South and in the event of a wildfire, were dispatched to their respective areas to minimize the chance of damage to structures.
LCFR would also like to remind residents that unincorporated Lake County is currently under a mandatory burn ban, which was enacted on June 3. Any burning within unincorporated Lake County will be in violation and will be considered a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to a 60-day imprisonment and up to a $500 fine.
In addition to the burn ban, the use of any fireworks, sparklers, flares, or other pyrotechnic devices other than provided for public displays requiring a permit, is strongly discouraged.
Because of the dangers for fireworks to spark wildfires, LCFR is strongly suggesting that you attend only professional public fireworks displays, as they require a fireworks permit issued by the Fire Marshal's Office.
For more information about wildfire prevention, call the Lake County Department of Public Safety at (352) 343-9458.