Volusia County lifts burn ban in unincorporated areas as well as Oak Hill, Lake Helen & Pierson

By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

DELAND, Fla. -- Volusia County Fire Services has lifted the burn ban for the county’s unincorporated areas as well as the municipalities of Oak Hill, Lake Helen and Pierson.

“The rains we have received this past week have reduced the wildfire danger,” said Chief Jeff Smith, Volusia County Fire Rescue Director. “We ask residents to be mindful of standing water and use caution when driving in the afternoon thunderstorms as these storms can become severe.”

“The rains we have received this past week have reduced the wildfire danger,” said Chief Jeff Smith, Volusia County Fire Rescue Director, shown here. “We ask residents to be mindful of standing water and use caution when driving in the afternoon thunderstorms as these storms can become severe.”

Smith noted that even though we have had significant rainfall, it’s always important to practice wildfire safety. Residents should not discard cigarettes from moving vehicles or park a hot car or operate all-terrain vehicles on dry grass. Outdoor fires and grills should always be attended constantly and extinguished completely, and lawn mowers and farm equipment should be checked to make sure they have properly working spark arresters.

The burn ban in Volusia County had been in effect since April 28. It was  officiially lifted on Saturday.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet in Daytona Beach, Florida, via HeadlineSurfer.com. Specializing in breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most experienced reporters with dozens of journalism-industry awards. Frederick is enrolled online at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL where he's pursuing an MA in New Media/Journalism (degree in March 2018). Frederick earned his BA in Political Science/Public Admin. (concentration in Writing) from Central Connecticut State University, 1984, where he recieved the President's Citation for "academic excellence & outstanding campus/community service." Prior to myriad duties as publisher/award-winning journalist of Headline Surfer, 2008-present; Frederick was city hall reporter for the Palatka Daily News, 2007-'08; city editor of the Taunton (MA) Daily Gazette, 2005-2006; cops & courts/legal affairs writer for the Daytona Beach News-Journal, 1996-'04; and cops & courts for the Rockland (NY) Journal-News/Gannett Suburban Newspapers, 1989-'96.