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Polk County’s burn ban is lifted

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BARTOW – Thanks to an increase in rain, the Polk County burn ban has been repealed as of June 1. The Polk County Fire Chief declared a burn ban throughout Polk County on March 31 due to dangerous fire conditions throughout the county.

Less than 50 percent of Polk County is averaging over 500 on the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI). The KBDI index is used as an indicator to determine the likelihood and severity of brush fires. The scale begins at zero, which is no danger and rises to 800, which is extreme danger. As a rule of thumb, fire officials become concerned any time the scale goes above 500 for 50 percent of the county.

The burn ban can be reinstated if conditions get dry once again.

The repeal means residents in all unincorporated Polk and municipalities who chose to participate in the burn ban are allowed to burn yard debris, campfires, bonfires and construction debris.