Burn ban in effect for Jackson County

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    Mark Skinner | TIMES - Jackson County Fire Rescue Captain Joshua Williams pours foam onto a smoldering fire off of Hartsfield Road Monday.

    Jackson County Fire Rescue Chief Charlie Brunner addressed the Board of County Commissioners Tuesday during their monthly meeting held virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions. Brunner told the board that the Florida Forest Service had announced that Bay, Homes and Washington County Commissioners had shut down burning of any kind.
    The burn bans prohibit the burning of yard waste, household paper products, bonfires, campfires, warming fires, outdoor fire places and chimneys. It also bans fireworks of any kind.
    Brunner told the Board that Florida Forestry would not be issuing any burn permits at this time. He said weather conditions in our area were expected to create extreme fire behavior for the next few days. He added that the Forest Forestry said that any fire that occurs has the potential to become hazardous.
    Jackson County Fire Rescue, Dellwood and Malone Volunteer Fire Departments, and Marianna Fire Departments spent hours last Thursday extinguishing a combine fire that led to a wheat field partially burning. They, along with Florida Forestry Service, have been called back to that area on multiple occasions with fires starting from downed trees in the area.
    The Commission agreed to revisit the ban when conditions improve if that happens prior to the next commission meeting scheduled for May 26, 2020 at 6 p.m.

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