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Burn ban still in place in Polk County

December 9, 2016 GMT

Several inches of rainfall haven’t been quite enough for Polk County officials to feel safe lifting the burn ban, and it remains in place for the time being.

According to Polk County Public Safety Director Randy Lacey, several calls have come into his office about whether the ban had yet been lifted.

"At this time the Burn Ban remains in effect," said Lacey. "Chief Queen, Chief Stephens, Denise Croker and myself have scheduled a meeting Tuesday Dec. 13 at 10 a.m. to discuss the Ban."

He said the decision to lift the ban will "depend on how much rain we receive over the next several days."

"We have already reached a 3.0 Fire Danger - with 5.0 being the worst - even after the recent rain," he said.

Lacey added that under the right wind, humidity and fire danger conditions it would not far off from having the fire conditions throughout the county that were experienced two weeks ago.

High winds are expected in today’s forecast and humidity low, he’s worried fires could become a problem again today and this weekend.