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Voluntary burn ban enacted countywide in Marion County due to dry conditions

A countywide voluntary burn ban has been issued for Marion County due to the extremely dry conditions and lack of significant rainfall. The voluntary ban affects the City of Ocala and unincorporated Marion County.

The voluntary burn ban urges residents to cease all outdoor burning, including yard debris, that has not been specifically permitted by the Florida Forest Service, as well as the use of any fireworks, sparklers, flares or other pyrotechnic devices except for public displays requiring a permit.

Campfires and cooking fires are acceptable, however, they must be under strict supervision at all times. Residents and visitors to state campgrounds or those recreating on state or federal lands within Marion County must follow the applicable regulations concerning campfires and cooking fires. Check with the appropriate agencies for information on any restrictions in those areas.

“Marion County’s lack of significant rainfall, high temperatures and low relative humidity increase the danger for wildfire conditions,” stated Marion County Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Bart Walker. “Weather forecasts show that we are transitioning to our normal summer weather. This will include afternoon thunderstorms, which cause lightning strike-related fires in the initial transition period. Preventing escaped yard debris fires will enable our resources to handle these lightning-related fires.”

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

Helpful guidelines and best practices can be found by clicking HERE.

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Ocala woman arrested on drug charges after chase

An Ocala woman was arrested after she allegedly threw drugs out her car window while being chased by a Marion County sheriff’s deputy on North 52nd Avenue.

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A Belleview man was arrested after being caught driving a vehicle with the wrong license tag attached to it.

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