A burn ban for all areas of Osceola County in effect since March 8 was lifted today, Fire Chief Robert Sorenson announced.

Favorable changes to the Keetch-Bryan Drought Index over the past seven days allowed for cancelation of the ban on all types of outside burning.

“While recent rains have enabled us to lift the burn ban, residents who wish to burn are encouraged to take proper precautions, both for their safety, and for the safety of our community,” Sorenson said. “Instead of burning yard debris, it is recommended to bundle it and place it out front for collection on your designated day for yard waste pickup.”

The www.osceola.org website will continue to be updated with safety information. For more information, contact Daniel McAvoy, Osceola County Fire Rescue, at 407-742-6701.