A burn ban is currently in effect for incorporated areas of Orange County and andy Orange County Fire Rescue service areas, including Edgewood, Belle Isle, Oakland, and Eatonville.

Burn bans are automatically put in place under Orange County’s Fire Prevention and Protection Ordinance when the Keetch-Byram Drought Index meets or exceeds 500. The burn ban prohibits all outdoor burning unless a permit has been issued. Outdoor burning authorized by the state or county is not affected by this ban, nor is the use of outdoor grills or pits as defined in Section 18-4 of the Orange County Code.

Violators face having the fire extinguished and enforcement action up to and including the issuance of a citation by Orange County officials. The burn ban will automatically lift after the drought index falls below 500 for seven consecutive days. Orange County will announce a lift of the ban through local news media, social media, and the Orange County websites.

Brendan O'Connor

Editor in Chief of Bungalower.com

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