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The Sumter County Commission on Tuesday Dec.14, enacted a resolution placing a burn ban in effect.
This burning ban is for yard waste, bon fires, and campfires on private or county property. The ban does not apply to Division of Forestry permitted land clearing, silviculture, permitted agriculture, and campfires in state forests or outdoor cooking in barbecue grills.
The ban is in effect due to extremely dry weather conditions throughout Central Florida. The current Keetch Byram Drought Index (KBDI) for Sumter County and surrounding areas is at an average of 580.
The KBDI ranges in scale from 0 to 750, the higher the reading the dryer the conditions are.
“Currently we are experiencing very dangerous fire conditions throughout Sumter County,” according to County Administrator Bradley Arnold. “In addition to extremely dry conditions we currently have large amounts of fuel lying on the ground in the form of leaves and other types of vegetation. This fuel is very dry and will cause a small fire to spread rapidly with very little wind.
“We are asking all residents of Sumter County to comply with this burning ban.”
The ban will remain in effect until favorable weather conditions return to Sumter County. Once the conditions have improved the County Commission will review the resolution for possible lifting of this burning ban.
“We anticipate that this burn ban will remain in effect until the normal rainy season begins,” Arnold said.
For further information, contact Sumter County Fire Rescue headquarters at 689-4500.