Seminole County Rescinds Burn Ban
Seminole County, FL - January 15, 2014 - Seminole County has rescinded the burn ban due to the recent rains. The Keetch - Byram Drought Index has fallen below 500, which means conditions are safe for outdoor burning to resume.
Seminole County still encourages citizens to take action to reduce the risk of wildfires around their homes by following these safety tips:
· Prune all branches around the residence to a height of 8 to 10 feet. Keep trees adjacent to buildings free of dead or dying limbs and moss.
· Remove all dead limbs, needles and debris from rain gutters.
· When burning outside, remain in constant sight of the fire.
· Make sure the fire is completely out before going to sleep or leaving the location of the fire.
· Regularly dispose of newspapers and rubbish.
· Rake leaves, dead limbs and twigs. Clear flammable vegetation from around and under structures.
· Remove dead branches that extend over the roof.
· Store flammable materials in approved safety cans.
· Keep items available that can be used as tools, such as a rake, handsaw, chainsaw, bucket, water hose or shovel.
· Never throw a lighted cigarette from the window of a vehicle or walk off and leave a burning cigarette.
For more information about wildfire prevention, call the Seminole County Fire Department at 407-665-5175 or visit www.prepareseminole.org