FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. – Watch where you throw your cigarettes and forget burning that trash pile in Flagler County.
With fire conditions worsening, Flagler County leaders put an emergency ban in place on all outdoor burning. Until further notice, open outdoor flames are banned, with the exception of barbecue grills.
First time offenders will get a warning, but the punishment increases to a $500 fine of 60 days in jail.
The law specifically bans use of fireworks, parking vehicles with catalytic converters in high grassy areas, and throwing matches or cigarettes from vehicles.
"We are reminding residents to use care with cigarettes and to be sure they douse left over charcoal from a barbecue," said Flagler County Fire Rescue Chief Don Petito in a release. "With the current conditions, it does not take much to start a wildfire and under Florida law anyone causing a fire is financially responsible for the damage."