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  • Orange County declares State of Local Emergency

    first_img Please enter your comment! Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs Issues Countywide Burn Ban to Help Prevent FiresOrange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, in her capacity as Director of Emergency Management, which includes unincorporated and incorporated areas of Orange County, issued today a local state of emergency to protect citizens, visitors and properties from extreme fire conditions.“As Mayor, my top priority is the health safety and welfare of our citizens,” said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. “It is urgent that we receive full cooperation with Orange County’s just announced burn ban. As a region, we are deeply aware of the threats posed by the weather, and our extremely dry conditions. Through the issuance of Executive Order 17-01, which includes the formal burn ban declaration, I am authorizing the full use of Orange County’s public safety resources to implement and maintain this ban.”During the State of Local Emergency, all outdoor burning is banned within the unincorporated and incorporated territory of Orange County, unless a written permit is first obtained. Officials are asking citizens to cooperate and comply with all necessary emergency measures.The order follows a period without extensive rain, which has resulted in a severe drought and extremely unsafe fire conditions. The conditions constitute a clear and imminent threat to the lives and property of the people of Orange County.The current dry conditions create a situation that allows wildfires to start easily and spread quickly. Dry vegetation and ground cover ignite readily from discarded cigarettes, campfires, lightning and other sources. Once started, wildfires will grow rapidly and spread quickly due to high winds and dry conditions. Shifting wind conditions can cause wildfires to change paths without notice.“Orange County Fire Rescue recognizes the extreme danger of current conditions and stands ready to rapidly respond to wildfires,” said Orange County Fire Chief Otto Drozd III. “The department has deployed additional firefighters on brush and woods trucks, which are off-road vehicles capable of responding to wildland fires. Contingency plans are in place to staff additional units as weather conditions dictate.”Firefighters are on alert for unauthorized open burning and other conditions that present a risk to public safety. Orange County Fire Rescue will work cooperatively with its partners at the Florida Forest Service and law enforcement to reduce fire dangers and ensure complianceOrange County Fire Rescue has responded to numerous wildfires this month, with firefighters reporting aggressive, fast-moving fires as a result of current conditions. The department reminds citizens to take the following actions to protect their families and homes from fire danger:Create a 30-foot area of “defensible” – clean and green – space around your homeClear trash and dead vegetation from your front and backyardsRemove leaves and debris from roof and guttersHave a plan and an emergency kit packed in case an evacuation is ordered, especially if your home directly abuts wildlandsMonitor local media for updates on road closures, smoke conditions and other hazardsUse extreme caution when grilling, camping and discarding cigarettesCall 911 if you see smoke or fire in your areaDownload the OCFL Alert app and OC Alert LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGSOrange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs Previous articleAHS Drama ready to improviseNext articleCan Smith continue a legacy that began in 1970? Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more