Polk County, FL -- Some cities in Polk opted to participate in the County’s mandatory burn ban that took effect on June 8.
The following cities notified Polk County of their intended participation: Auburndale, Bartow, Eagle Lake, Fort Meade, Frostproof, Lake Alfred, Mulberry, Polk City and Winter Haven.
Their participation is subject to certification by their own governing bodies that the municipality has no charter provisions or ordinances in conflict with the County’s burn ban ordinance and that they desire to be subject to the provisions of the ordinance.
The mandatory burn ban means residents may not burn trash, yard debris, campfires, bonfires, construction debris, unpermitted controlled burns, or ignite fireworks.
Any person who refuses to comply with this burn ban will violate County Ordinance 08-015 which is punishable by a fine of up to $500, imprisonment for up to 60 days in the county jail, or both.