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Burn ban in place because of dry conditions

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published June 17, 2002

LECANTO -- Due to extremely dry and windy conditions, Citrus County residents have been placed under a burn ban until further notice, county public safety director Charles Poliseno said.

Residents caught burning leaves in their back yards or burning yard waste in barrels or a pit could face a $500 fine and 60 days in jail. Residents may barbecue outdoors as long as they use a grill that contains the flames.

The ban was imposed to decrease the chance of a wildfire, which become more common during dry months.

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