Published: Jun 18, 2011 10:52 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 18, 2011 10:52 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has banned campfires on lands under its control.
    
The agency ordered the ban effective Friday due to drought conditions and the growing threat of wildfires.
    
It covers all lands controlled by the agency including wildlife management and environmental areas.
    
Wildfires already are burning on some of the commission's lands.
    
The ban covers open fires on the ground, but not cooking fires in commercially designed devices.
    
Violators could get up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

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