Century Begins To Burn Debris From 2016 Tornado

March 15, 2017

The EF-3 tornado that roared through Century on February 15, 2016, left behind a tremendous amount of debris. And now, the Town of Century has started to burn the vegetative debris.

The downed trees were transported to an empty lot in the town’s industrial park. The first of those piles was burned Tuesday.

“We are burning this one to see how it goes, like a test,” Century Mayor Henry Hawkins said. “Under our burn permit, the piles that we burn must be put out and covered with dirt at the end of the day. So we want to see how much of it burns today.”

Hawkins said the piles in the industrial park contain over 800 dump truck loads of trees and other vegetative debris from the tornado.

Additional piles will be burned each day this week as permits are issued from the Florida Forest Service; the entire process will take several days. Hawkins said residents should see little, if any smoke from the burns.

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2 Responses to “Century Begins To Burn Debris From 2016 Tornado”

  1. B on March 17th, 2017 8:36 pm

    Should of dug a hole, put the debris in it and light it on fire.. then push the dirt on top of it

  2. Retired on March 15th, 2017 12:31 pm

    Need to plant a lot of trees in Century tornado zone, perhaps that could be part of the grant budget or a separate project. The tree giveaway was a nice gesture but they are so small.
    Those old tree lined and canopied streets in southern towns had to begin with an individual and a thought beyond their own time.
    Let’s have some southern magnolias, moss draped oaks, shading these rebuilt homes for the future generations.

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