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Chief Ralph Franklin
Public Safety Director


SUBJECT: Okeechobee County Announces Burn Ban 


Okeechobee County Public Safety Director/Fire Chief, Ralph Franklin announced today that a county wide burn ban will take effect immediately.

In response to the dry conditions, both Okeechobee County and the City of Okeechobee are imposing a city and county-wide burn ban which prohibits the burning of yard trash and other types of fires such as campfires, bonfires, and burn barrels. The use of fireworks is also prohibited unless permitted by the Fire Chief having jurisdiction.

Residential outdoor cooking in a suitable piece of equipment designed to contain the fire, flame and heat it generates is allowed. Burning permitted by The Florida Division of Forestry is exempt from this ban.

The county-wide burn ban is in effect immediately and will remain in effect until further notice.

Violation of the burn ban is punishable by a fine not exceeding $500.00, or by imprisonment in the County jail for a term not exceeding 60 days, or both fine and imprisonment.

For more information contact Okeechobee County Fire Rescue at 763-5544 or the City of Okeechobee Fire Department at 863-467-1586 from 8am – 5pm, Monday – Friday.