PB County is­sues alert

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - LOCAL - SkylerSwisher

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.

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