CAPE CORAL, Fla. — The City of Cape Coral issued a temporary burn ban today to help limit fire hazards within the city.
The ban prohibits recreational burns like bonfires, as well as city permitted burns. It also prohibits burning vegetative debris caused by Hurricane Ian.
Fires used for cooking where the flames are fully contained, such as grilling, are still allowed.
The burn ban will be in effect until the conditions of Hurricane Ian recovery improve.
Cape Coral Fire Department added that the ban is to protect the health and safety of residents. Other agencies such as Bonita Springs Fire Control and Rescue District, and North Fort Myers Control District have warned of smoke inhalation, as many people are keeping their windows open due to power outages.