PB County issues alert
Campfires, bonfires and all open burning are banned in Palm Beach County because of dry conditions throughout South Florida. Barbecue grilling is still allowed. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue issued the burn ban Thursday because of dry vegetation and high winds, which can lead to rapidly spreading wildfires. Violators could be subject to fines under the county’s environmental regulations.
The order applies to all burning that has not been specifically permitted by the Florida Fire Service. Prescribed burns are halted when the fire danger is high, saidDavid Rosenbaum, a duty officer with the Florida Forest Service.
All of South Florida is considered to be “abnormally dry,” while thewestern portions of Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties are in a moderate drought, according to theU.S. Drought Monitor.
Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue is monitoring conditions, said spokesman Mike Jachles. Conditions are so dry in the Everglades one of the agency’s airboats got stuck thisweek while freeing another stranded airboat, he said.