The Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners approved a burn ban today, Tue., Oct. 31. A burn ban means that Santa Rosa County residents are not allowed to have open fires of any type, including camp fires, bonfires, yard or leaf burning, etc. There are two exemptions: cooking on/in barbecue grills and burning authorized by permit from the Florida Forest Service.
Residents are reminded that burning trash is always illegal. The burn ban is applicable within the unincorporated and incorporated territory of Santa Rosa County. The ban is in effect through Mon., Nov. 6 and may be extended or terminated by the board county commissioners at that time. Any change in the burn ban will be made by county press release, through local news media, the county's email subscribers, social media and the county website.
Additionally, officials with the Florida Forest Service’s Blackwater Forestry Center are putting a halt to issuing authorizations for all prescribed or pile burns as increased winds and extremely low humidity arrives in the area for the next several days. The cold front coupled with a lack of rain over the past several weeks make for extremely dangerous conditions if any fires were to start.
Santa Rosa County Public Safety - Emergency Management reminds residents to take the following actions to protect their families and homes from fire danger:
- Create at least 30 feet of defensible – clean and green – space around your home.
- Clear trash and dead vegetation from your front and backyards.
- Remove leaves and debris from roof and gutters.
- Use extreme caution when grilling.
- Properly discard of cigarettes.
- Call 9-1-1 if you see fire in your area.
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