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Posted on: May 11, 2017


Due to extreme dry conditions and the resulting high fire hazard,  most outdoor burning has been banned.  Contact EPC for additional information. (813) 627-2600 pile.jpegCOUNTY-WIDE BURNING BAN


v Why is there a ban? 

Due to extreme dry conditions and the resulting high fire hazard, most outdoor burning has been banned.


v Who authorized the county-wide burn ban?

Hillsborough county Ordinance 06-13, specifically allows the Emergency Policy Group (EPG) consisting of the County and the three municipalities, to declare a state of local emergency in order to protect the health, safety, and welfare of its residents.


Who is affected by the burn ban?

The burn ban applies to all residents of Hillsborough County, to include the municipalities of Tampa, Temple Terrace and Plant City. It also applies to all permitted and non-permitted activities. 


v What is prohibited during the burn ban?

 The outside igniting of flammable or combustible material, including fireworks, ceremonial fires, camp fires in State and local parks, and certain types of agricultural burns; are prohibited.  Outside cooking/grilling is permissible if confined within a fireproof container or barbeque grill and is constantly attended.  Note that in Hillsborough County burning of garbage or residential yard trash is always prohibited.


v Are there any exceptions to the burn ban?

Yes burning specifically authorized by the Florida Forest Service (FFS).


v Who can be contacted if an unauthorized burn is observed?

Your local Fire Department is your first responder and should be contacted via the non-emergency dispatch line (813-681-9927).

This outdoor burn ban shall remain in effect until May 18th and may be extended based upon conditions at that time.

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