Walton County has now become the latest governmental agency in the panhandle to enact a separate burn ban.
Several forest fires consumed 11-hundred acres and 3-homes in Walton County earlier this month. Still, local officials say they've been lucky so far.
Walton County's emergency 90-day ordinance puts more teeth to Florida Governor Charlie Christ's statewide burn ban.
A violator in Walton County could face a 500-dollar fine and go to jail if caught burning outdoors.
Walton Co. Fire District Chief Eddie Rivers said, "What we are doing is trying to educate the public concerning the dangers of outdoor burning... our not objective is to fine or put someone in jail but to prevent open burning."
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