WUFT News

Campfire ban issued for the Ocala National Forest

By on April 4th, 2013

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service issued Wednesday a temporary, mandatory ban on campfires in the Ocala National Forest.

According to a press release, the Forest Service was concerned about an increased risk of wildfires due to the weather and extreme drought.

“We want people to have their camp fires in areas that are designated to have fires,” Susan Blake, spokeswoman for the National Forests in Florida, said.

“Basically we don’t want people to camp out and do direct fires on the ground,” she said.

Blake said there are specific areas in the recreational sites that allow campfires and fires for cooking.

“People should be vigilant about extinguishing their fires even if they’re in an area that is designated for stove fires and things of that nature,” Blake said. “It is very dry in the area and we’re trying to do everything we can to eliminate any kind of situation that could result in a fire.”

People who choose to violate this ban are punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual and $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both, according to the press release.

The ban will remain until further notice.


This entry was posted in Florida and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Florida

Screen shot 2014-08-27 at 4.01.08 PM

Former Waldo Police Chief Accused of Unlawful Ticket Quota

Former Waldo Police Chief Mike Szabo and current Cpl. Kenneth Smith have been accused of misrepresentation, fraud and enforcing unlawful ticketing quotas among other allegations made by current Waldo police officers.


Florida Inches Closer to Other States in Tuition Charged Undocumented Students

Florida may soon offer undocumented students in-state tuition at public colleges and universities, joining the ranks of 20 other states with similar tuition equity laws and policies.


Gov. Scott Declares State of Emergency for Heavy Rain Event

Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for 26 counties, including Alachua County Wednesday morning. The National Weather Service has issued flood or flash flood warnings in several counties throughout North Central Florida.


Government Aid Loophole Raises Questions About Efficiency

A loophole in Florida’s Electronic Benefit Transfer card program allows eligible cardholders to buy restricted items through the cash-back option at many ATMs and stores.


Cody Eugene Wygant, 24, was arrested Thursday after he confessed to suffocating his infant son. Wygant said the child's crying was distracting him from playing Xbox.

Homosassa Man Kills Infant Son Over Xbox, Police Say

Cody Eugene Wygant has confessed to suffocating the 16-month-old, whose crying was distracting him from playing.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments