TAVARES — The Lake County Department of Public Safety rescinded the countywide burn ban today that was enacted June 3 in accordance with Lake County Code 10.5-75.
According to John Jolliff, Director/Fire Chief for the Department of Public Safety, Lake County's Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) indicates that 78% of the County is below 500, which is the consideration point for burning restrictions.
“Lake County Fire Rescue extends our gratitude to all citizens who supported the countywide burn ban,” wrote Jolliff in a memorandum to the County Manager. “It is always our intention to keep our residents and visitors safe from fire.”
Lake County Fire Rescue is continually monitoring atmospheric conditions to watch for changes that could increase wildfire activity. 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 burning regulations and wildfire prevention, call the Lake County Department of Public Safety at (352) 343-9458.