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M/PIFCD issues temporary burn ban

April 26, 2017
SPECIAL TO THE EAGLE ( , Pine Island Eagle

Fire Chief Ben Mickuleit announced Friday that the Matlacha/Pine Island Fire Control District has issued a temporary burn ban with the intent to limit fire hazards within the district during the current period of extreme drought conditions.

In an official notice to the fire district's board of commissioners, Mikuleit said the temporary burn ban is being implemented by the M/PIFCD in response to Florida Gov. Rick Scott's "Declaration of a State of Emergency for Wildfire"s issued April 11, 2017.

According to the M/PIFCD, it is unlawful for any person to set fire to or cause fire to be set to any forest, grassland, wildland, marsh, vegetation or land in urban or rural areas, including agriculture, silviculture and pile burning. It is also unlawful to build a campfire or bonfire, or to burn yard trash, household garbage, refuse or other debris within the limits of the district.

Mickuleit noted that burns that are authorized by the Florida Forest Service, to include agriculture, silviculture and pile burning, are exempt from the temporary burn ban provided authorization for said burns has been obtained from the Florida Forest Service.

This temporary burn ban does not prohibit residential outdoor cooking, provided it is done on a suitable piece of equipment designed to contain the fire, flames and heat generated. Furthermore, outdoor cooking may also be done in any public or private place with facilities designated for outdoor cooking which would contain the fire, flames and heat generated.

The provisions of this temporary burn ban shall be enforced as required until the M/PIFCD Board of Commissioners affirms or disproves of this order at its next meeting.



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