Pasco Commission Enacts Burn Ban
The ban, which is immediately effective, comes after Pasco and state firefighters have battled recent wildfire blazes.
PASCO COUNTY – The Pasco County Commission approved a burn ban during its regular meeting this morning (April 12).
Multiple brush fires across Pasco County in the last week made a burn ban necessary. The burn ban goes into effect immediately.
Pasco is the second Tampa Bay county to pass such a ban. Hernando commissioners passed a burn ban Tuesday (April 11).
Under the burn ban, Pasco residents are prohibited from setting fires or causing fires without first obtaining a permit from the Florida Forest Service for burning in unincorporated areas of the county. The ban prohibits open burning, campfires/bonfires, yard waste/garbage burning, and fireworks, except sparklers and novelties such as noisemakers. Outdoor cooking in grills that can contain the fire, flame, and heat is still permitted.
Residents who refuse to comply with or violate the burn ban face fines up to $500 or imprisonment of up to 60 days.
“Be aware that simple actions such as tossing a cigarette into the grass or idling a vehicle over grass can ignite a brush fire on the side of the road,” Pasco County Fire Rescue officials said. “The county is so dry that these brush fires can spread quickly, threatening homes and businesses.”
For information about Pasco County’s burn ban, go to pascocountyfl.net.
More information about fire conditions go to Pasco County Fire Rescue’s website at pascocountyfl.net. Residents may also call Pasco County Fire Rescue at (727) 847-8102.
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