STARKE, Fla. (WCJB) -- Bradford County officials are taking steps to formalize the county's burn ban.
On May 28th Bradford County issued a state of emergency - imposing a burn ban. That ban is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.
Officials cite severe drought, high temperatures, and high winds as reasons for the ban.
Another factor was a recent restructuring of the county fire department which made the agency a part of the sheriff's office.
County leaders say they aren't taking any chances.
"Based on the conditions, based on the unknowns with the fire department right now, we just decided that it was best that we went ahead and instituted a burn ban county-wide," said Bradford Emergency Management Director, Lt. Raymond Shuford.
Under the ban, residents are not allowed to start open fires or light fireworks.
However, you can cook on a grill or barbeque.