Wildfire danger prompts county to issue burn ban

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — In an effort to decrease the risk of a potential uncontrollable wildfire, the county issued a burn ban and declared a local state of emergency Thursday.

The mandatory burn ban will take effect from 8 a.m. Friday to 8 a.m. April 10, county officials said. The ban prohibits all outdoor burning that was not specifically authorized by Florida Forest Service.

County officials said bon fires, campfires and burning yard debris is not allowed at this time. The burn ban comes in the middle of Florida’s dry season, which usually lasts from December to late May when the area sees the least amount of rainfall.

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