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Marion County under burn ban so firefighters available for COVID-19 emergencies

A countywide voluntary burn ban has been issued for Marion County due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency and the need for first responders and equipment to be available for medical emergencies.

The voluntary ban affects the city of Ocala and unincorporated Marion County. It will remain in effect until the end of the COVID-19 State of Emergency.

The burn ban urges residents to cease all outdoor burning that has not been specifically permitted by the Florida Division of Forestry, as well as the use of any fireworks, sparklers, flares or other pyrotechnic devices except for public displays requiring a permit. Campfires may be permitted within designated recreational areas only, pursuant to applicable regulations and guidelines.

“Our first responders throughout Marion County need to be focused on providing resources to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Marion County Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Bart Walker. “We are urging our community to comply with this voluntary ban. Your first responders need to be available to assist our fellow citizens.”

Homeowners can reduce the risk of damage from wildfires by clearing the area around their homes of underbrush or dry plants/vegetation as these items create fuel for wildfires. It is also important to ensure that roofs and gutters are clear of trees and debris.

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