Okeechobee County Burn Ban Lifted
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Okeechobee County Burn Ban Lifted

Chief Ralph Franklin
Public Safety Director


Okeechobee County Fire Chief Ralph Franklin and City of Okeechobee Fire Chief Herb Smith announced today that effective immediately the County Wide Burn Ban for Okeechobee County has been lifted.

The burn ban was originally put in place in February of this year. The implementation of the burn ban at that time was due to the high drought index and that the county was experiencing a large volume of brush fires. Due to the amount of rain we have recently received, those drought condition have diminished enough to again allow open burning.

Chief Franklin also advises that even though people may now burn, they still must follow the established regulations. Failure to follow the established regulations may subject individuals to fines and other cost should their fire escape and cause damage to other people’s property. Chief Franklin further stated that “ if a person has any questions about the regulations for burning, they may call the Fire Administration office at 863-763-5544 or the Division of Forestry at 863-467-3221  ”.

For more information, contact Okeechobee County Fire Rescue at 763-5544 from 8am – 5pm, Monday – Friday.