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By Chris Jonckheer
Polk County 

Polk Fire Officials Lift Burn Ban


Last updated 6/18/2020 at 12:57pm

Effective as of Monday, June 15, Polk County's burn ban is repealed by Polk County Fire Rescue officials.

With the arrival of the summer rainy season, according to the Division of Forestry's June 15 report, Polk County is currently sitting at 62 on the Keetch Byram Drought Index (KBDI) and has a low fire danger rating according to the Florida Fire Danger Index. The county is currently far below the required 50 percent of a KBDI rating of above 500.

The KBDI index is used as an indicator to determine the likelihood and severity of brush fires. The scale begins at zero, which is no danger a...

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