If you were out and about this weekend in Winter Haven or Lakeland, chances are you saw or at least smelled smoke. But the fire wasn’t even in Polk County, instead the smoke came in from neighboring Pasco County.

Due to the high winds, the smoke of the 2,275 acre brush fire near Starkey Wilderness Preserve reached most of Central Florida. Although the fire is about 70 percent contained, heavy smoke remains in the area.

Know the Law: Burn Bans

This is just a friendly remind that 32 counties in Florida, including Polk, have issued burn bans to prevent further brush fires.

Violating the burn ban carries a fine of up to $500 fine or up to 60 days in jail or both penalties.

Driving in Smoky Conditions

We would also like to remind you to take caution while driving through smoky areas. Visibility can sometimes become limited, so it is very important that you keep distractions to a minimum and keep your eyes on the road.

If you or a loved has been the victim of an auto accident, truck accident, motorcycle accident, related to smoke conditions or otherwise please contact the Brooks Law Group.

At Brooks Law Group, our attorneys in Tampa, Lakeland and Winter Haven want to make sure that you get the compensation you deserve. Get your free consultation today and and let us be your teammate as you go through this difficult time by calling (863) 299-1962.

Steve was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. As was the practice for new doctors his father worked day and night during his medical residency at Charity Hospital there. Steve comes from a long line of doctors. His father, his grandfather, his great grandfather, even two uncles were all specialists and/or surgeons in their chosen medical specialties, including internal medicine specialist, obstetrics / gynecology, neurosurgery and general practice / surgery. His great-great grandfather was the Surgeon General of Ohio during the Civil War.