St. Johns County extends fire ban through summer

St. Johns County has extended its burn ban through Aug. 14 after county commissioners reviewed current fire conditions locally and across the state.


Only hours after the county extended the ban, St. Johns County Fire Rescue assigned about a dozen units to battle a shed fire on County Road 13A in rural Elkton that did affect a small portion of nearby brush, but is under control, according to fire officials.

The extended burn ban restricts all residential outdoor burning of leaves and yard debris as well as fireworks, campfires, flares and other outdoor burning devices. Cooking fires within a barbecue grill or similar devices intended for cooking are permitted.

Although no active wildfires are burning in the county, officials encourage all residents to prepare a home safety plan including two evacuation routes, a supply of food, water, medical needs, and transportation. Residents should also create a defensible space around their homes and keep them free of debris and plant growth, as well as clean leaves and branches from roofs and gutters.

For information on how to protect a home from a wildfire, visit the Florida Forest Service website at

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