Mandatory burn ban in effect in Marion

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By The Staff

An emergency declaration was issued this week by the County Commission making a burn ban in the county effective immediately.

The burn ban prohibits all outdoor burning until further notice.

If citizens are caught burning, they could face fines and other consequences.

The drought index, based on a scale from 0 to 800, is nearing 700 in Marion County. Any number above 500 is considered the wildfire danger zone.

To educate the public about the burn ban and wildfire dangers, a Florida Inter-Agency Prevention Team is in Marion County for the next 14 days. The six-person team will set-up information boards at various locations and initiate other community events. To learn more about the team’s efforts, call Bob MacGregor at (352) 625-2520, ext. 2542.

As an alternative to outdoor burning, Marion County residents may take up to two cubic yards of debris (leaves, scrub clippings and small branches) to the Marion County landfill or recycling centers for free. Two cubic yards is about the size of a standard pick-up truck bed. Larger amounts of yard debris are accepted for a fee. Citizens should call Marion County Solid Waste at (352) 671-8465 for more information.