Bay County Mandatory Burn Ban

Bay County is under a mandatory burn ban. It comes after 4,000 acres of land were scorched from more than 400 fires in the county.

The latest was a fire in the fountain area just north of Panama City. It burned about 150 acres and was largely contained late Sunday. Authorities say four mobile homes were destroyed.

Bay County commissioners say the ban goes into effect immediately and lasts for the next 90 days.

The division of forestry says the only way this ban can be reversed, is if we start to see significant rainfall in this 90-day period.

No burning of any type is permitted other than barbecuing.

Anyone caught burning will be charged with a misdemeanor, which comes with a $500 fine, 60 days in jail, or both.