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No more campfires in Polk County

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POLK COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

Polk County Fire Rescue issued a burn ban for the county Thursday.

The ban includes, but is not limited to the burning of trash, yard debris, campfires, bonfires, construction debris and fireworks.  Punishment is either $500 fine or 60 days in jail or both.

The extended drought in the area caused the ban.

"We have held off as long as we possibly can on issuing this burn ban," said Polk County Fire Rescue Chief David Cash. "Conditions are favorable for the rapid development and spread of brush fires and we need to take every step necessary to ensure the safety of Polk's residents and their property."

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