APALACHICOLA, Fla. — A state of local emergency and burn ban has been issued for the city of Apalachicola.
The citywide, mandatory burn ban prohibits all outdoor burning that has not specifically permitted by the Florida Forest Service. Bon fires, camp fires, and the burning of vegetative (yard) debris are not allowed at this time.
The city says the burn ban will not apply to burning done by, or under the direct supervision, authorized county or municipal personnel or with the authorization of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services or Florida Forest Services.
The burn ban will be in effect in seven day increments unless rescinded by the mayor of the city of Apalachicola if forecasted weather conditions will allow the ban to be lifted.
The City of Apalachicola Police Department, Franklin County Sheriff's Office and other law enforcement agencies are authorized to enforce the burn ban.
The city says anyone not obeying the ban is guilty of a second degree misdemeanor and will be subject to such penalties.