© 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.