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City Of Deltona Issues A Local Burn Ban Due To Extreme Drought Conditions

By on April 21, 2017 in WNDB News

Deltona, FL – The City of Deltona has announced that the city is under a local burn ban, by Executive Order 2017-001.

According to the Executive Order, the “City of Deltona Fire Chief has received information denoting unusually high drought indicators and is otherwise aware of the danger of wild fires due to the lack of rainfall and extreme dry conditions.”

The Deltona Fire Chief has found that the “current drought condition constitutes atmospheric conditions and local circumstances such that outdoor fires, if not properly contained and controlled, could lead to wild fires that pose a severe threat to residents and visitors of the City of Deltona.”

Community Information Specialist for the City of Deltona, Wendi Jackson, said the order was approved at the City’s commission meeting on Monday, April 17. The ban went into effect at 5 PM, Thursday, April 20.

Executive Order 2017-001 states the following is now in place concerning the local burn ban:

  • Section 1– All outdoor burning, unless authorized by the Florida Forest Service, including the burning of yard trash, household paper products, bonfires, campfires, warming fires, outdoor fire places, chimenea’s and cooking fires, is hereby prohibited. Outdoor cooking done within a contained gas or charcoal grill (excluding a fire pit) is the only exception.
  • Section 2 – All open burning permits issued by the City of Deltona Fire Department for residential or commercial sites, including Air Curtain operations and Pit or Pile burns, are hereby suspended.
  • Section 3  The setting of fires to any brush or forest covered land, unless authorized by the Florida Forest Service, shall constitute a violation of the law.
  • Section 4 – A violation of this order is punishable, as provided in section 42-187 of the City of Deltona Code of Ordinances, for any person who shall violate of fail to comply with any order made thereunder; or who shall fail to comply with such an order, shall for each and every such violation and noncompliance, separately and respectively, be guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by fine of not less than $50, nor more than $500 or by imprisonment not to exceed 60 days or by both such fine and imprisonment.
  • Section 5 – This order shall become effective 1700 hours (5 PM) this 20th day of April, 2017, and shall remain in effect until specifically repealed in writing for the City of Deltona.

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