LAKE COUNTY – Effective Wednesday, April 26, 2023, the Lake County Government has lifted its burn ban. Lake County Fire Rescue (LCFR) implements bans when the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) rises above a 500-rating threshold. The County’s rating dropped to 482 early Wednesday, allowing LCFR to end the ban.
The burn ban was initially implemented on April 7, 2023, as a precautionary measure to prevent accidental fires and mitigate the impact of drought conditions in the area. The burn ban prohibited the burning of yard debris, land, recreational fires, and unauthorized piles of debris not approved by the Florida Division of Forestry. However, with the significant rainfall from recent storms, officials have determined that the risk of fires has significantly decreased.
Lake County residents are advised to follow all safety guidelines when burning debris or other materials outdoors. Guidelines include ensuring that fires are constantly monitored, contained in a fire pit or other fire-resistant container, and near a water source in case of an emergency. Lake County appreciates the residents of Lake County for being safe and responsible during the ban.
For more information about burn bans, visit the Burn Bans in Lake County page of the County's website.