Burn Ban Remains

Posted on: 5/4/2017 9:49:02 AM

SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (May 4, 2017) —Seminole County remains under a State of Local Emergency with a Countywide Burn Ban for the 37th consecutive day; the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KDBI) reading currently measures 586, which is considered “Very High”, despite rainfall earlier in the week.

The Seminole County Office of Emergency Management (SCOEM) advises that the mandatory Burn Ban prohibits all outdoor burning that has not been specifically permitted by the Florida Forest Service.

Campfires, fire pits, fire pit grills, trash burning, open fires, bonfires, and similar types of burning are currently prohibited. Any burning on the ground where ash can easily be carried in the air poses a wildfire threat. 

Above ground charcoal, gas, and electric grills, however, are permitted for use. SCOEM urges individuals to ensure charcoals are extinguished upon completion of cooking when using grills. Barrel-type barbecue smokers are also allowed, as this is not considered “open burning.” Individuals utilizing these methods of cooking should avoid using outdoor cooking methods if in close proximity to heavily-wooded areas. 

The Burn Ban shall remain in effect until further notice. Any person who violates the Burn Ban can be punished either by imprisonment for a term not to exceed 60 days or a fine not to exceed $500.00 or by both.

For additional information, please call the Seminole County Office of Emergency Management, 407-665-5102. To report violation of the Burn Ban, please call the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, 407-665-6650.

Media Contact:
County Manager's Office
1101 East First Street
Sanford, FL 32771
Phone: (407) 665-7212
Fax: (407) 665-7958