Date: <date> "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Michal Shanley, 863 534-6631 or 819-0397 pager

Sterling Ivey, 534-6377

Sheriff Crow sends message that county burn ban will be strictly enforced

In response to Polk County's current dry conditions and the devastating brush fires in the Northeast section of the county, Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow is sending the message that deputies will be taking a "no excuses" approach to enforcement of the county's burn ban. 

"Any illegal burning will be viewed as a serious threat to the county, and the Sheriff's Office will respond accordingly by strictly enforcing the county's burn ban," said Polk County Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.

 Citizens found to be in violation of the Polk County Burn Ban (Ordinance 01-03) will be charged -- no excuses and no warnings, according to Sheriff Crow. The burn ban prohibits outdoor burning without a state-issued permit. 

That means no campfires, bonfires, and burning of yard trash without a state permit. 

"We will be taking a tough approach to enforcement of this ordinance in hopes that land, property, homes, and even possibly lives, will be saved in the future," Sheriff Crow said.

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