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Okeechobee County and the City of Okeechobee have issued a county-wide burn ban effective immediately until further notice.  This burn ban prohibits burning of yard trash, and other types of fires such as campfires, bonfires, and burn barrels. For more information contact Okeechobee County Fire Rescue at 863-763-5544 or Okeechobee City Fire Department at 863-467-1586.

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Drought Index highest in Okeechobee and Indian River Counties

Post Date:03/10/2017

  

Okeechobee drought picture

No question our entire state is experiencing a severe drought right now. 

Two counties in our area may be in the most danger of wildfires. Okeechobee County and Indian River County have a drought index higher than 600 which means it's very dry.

The signs are in Teresa Bishop's backyard. Her grass is brown and her pond is almost no longer a pond.

"Hope that it rains soon," says Bishop.

The conditions have gotten so bad in Okeechobee County, a burn ban was issued.

Firefighters want the public to be alert and report any fires.

"Already lost a home that was here in Okeechobee so it's happening all over the state. Homes are being lost and it can be as bad as somebody losing a home," says Deputy Chief Karl Holtkamp with Okeechobee County Fire Rescue.

Crews have been working non-stop to prevent any damage.

Teresa is also doing her part watering her lawn every now and then. "If everyone were to do the same that would be good."

To watch the complete News Report, click the below link:

http://www.wptv.com/news/region-okeechobee-county/drought-index-highest-in-okeechobeeindian-river-counties