Marion County opts out of burn ban, for now
Despite the recent fires across North Central Florida, a mandatory burn ban will not be implemented in Marion County. Marion County Fire Rescue Public Information Officer Pelveeta Seeraj says the Wildland Task Force decided a burn ban is not necessary.
Seeraj says, if possible, area residents should avoid burning anything while the voluntary burn ban is in place.
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