Holmes County under burn ban after wildfires break out across Panhandle

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HOLMES COUNTY, Fla. (WDHN) — The Holmes County Board of Commission issued a burn ban for the county Thursday.

This comes after controlled and illegal burns caused widespread fires across south Walton County and Five Mile Swamp, taking out dozens of structures.

With this order, people are not allowed to burn any combustible material outside or do anything that produces flames or sparks that could lead to a fire.

Essentially, burning yard trash and paper products or creating bonfires, campfires, warming fires, outdoor fireplaces, chimneys, or cooking fires unless it is authorized by the Florida Forest Service or contained within a gas or charcoal grill.

If a person is suspected of illegal burning, Holmes County Volunteer will respond to extinguish the fire while the sheriff’s office investigates what happened.

Exceptions are given for firefighter training or burn operations authorized by the forest service.

The order will remain in place until conditions are safe enough as determined by the board and volunteer fire departments.

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