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Posted on: June 5, 2017

Sumter County Rescinds Ban on Open Burning

 On May 9, 2017, the Sumter County BOCC enacted a Resolution establishing a local emergency and ban on outdoor burning and fireworks, as the average drought index for the county had reached 573 and there was no significant rainfall forecast in the immediate future. Since the establishment of the ban, Sumter County has experienced several rain events. These events have had the cumulative effect of reducing the average drought index for Sumter County by a total of 252 points. While each day between rain events allows the index to rise, the current index as of June 5, 2017, stands at 476. The current National Weather Service forecast for Sumter County calls for an increased rain pattern over the next ten days with rain forecasted between 30% - 90% each day. Based on this information, Sumter County Board of County Commissioners lifted the local emergency and rescinded the burn ban for Sumter County effective June 5, 2017. Sumter County reminds residents to use due caution when burning yard waste and that burning of household garbage is always prohibited.

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