A burn ban has been put in place in Lake County due to drought conditions.
Effective April 7, 2023, the Lake County Government will impose a Burn Ban throughout the county until further notice. The ban is being put in place due to the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) rating exceeding 500 for more than three weeks, making it necessary to take proactive measures to ensure public safety.
Lake County has not received significant rainfall over an extended period, causing surrounding counties to impose similar bans on open burning. The Burn Ban will prohibit burning of yard debris, land for any reason, recreational fires, and unauthorized piles of debris not approved by the Florida Division of Forestry. However, fuel being burned in an outdoor fireplace, barbeque grill or pit that has a total fuel area of 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height will be excluded from the ban.
When the KBDI rating falls below 500 for seven consecutive days, residents will be notified that burn ban has been lifted. While the ban may cause an inconvenience to some, we ask that residents adhere to the ban to help ensure the safety of the community.
We advise residents avoid using firepits in your yard or at least keep very close watch on them and do not use them for burning garbage.