Press Releases

Orange County Implements Burn Ban | April 1, 2020

Orange County, Fla. – A burn ban, which prohibits the ignition and burning of open fires, is now active in Orange County. Under Orange County’s Fire Prevention and Protection ordinance, burn bans automatically activate countywide when the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI), the reference scale created by the State of Florida which measures drought conditions, meets or exceeds 500. On March 31, 2020 the drought index reached 500 on KBDI scale.

The burn ban now remains in effect until the drought index dips below 500 KBDI for seven consecutive days, per county ordinance.

Orange County Government’s COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program: Applications and Hotline to Close EOD April 1, 2020

Update: The COVID-19 Rental Assistance Hotline and online application are now closed.
Orange County, Fla. – Due to the overwhelming response of residents and with more than 20,000 applications, Orange County Government will close its COVID-19 Rental Assistance Hotline and online application effective 5 p.m. on April 1, 2020.

The launch of the local program was meant to function as a stopgap measure to help Orange County residents until federal and state funding was available.