Century Adopts Florida Forest Service Burn Regulations

November 21, 2017

The Town of Century has officially adopted the outdoor burn regulations set forth by the Florida Forest Service.

Mayor Henry Hawkins said the town could create its own burn ordinances or follow those of the Forest Service to address nuisance burning in the town.

Tips and requirements from the Forest Service to burn yard waste include:

Some tips and requirements to keep in mind before you burn yard waste include:

- Legal burning hours are between 8 a.m. and one hour before sunset.
- It is illegal to burn household garbage (including paper products), treated lumber, plastics, rubber materials, tires, pesticide, paint and aerosol containers.
- Piles greater than 8 feet in diameter will require an authorization from the Division of Forestry.
- Clear down to bare, mineral soil around your pile to prevent the fire from spreading.
- Don’t burn on windy days.
- Never leave a fire unattended – even for a moment. One gust of wind can cause a fire to escape.
- Grass fires can spread quickly. Be prepared. Keep handy a water hose, shovel or other means to put out the fire.
- Make sure the fire is completely out before leaving it – no smoke and no heat.
- If your fire escapes, call for help quickly. Several minutes may pass before a fire department or the Division of Forestry can arrive on scene.
- If your fire escapes, you might be held liable for the cost of suppression and damages to the property of others.

Minimum required setbacks to legally burn yard waste:

- 25 feet from any forested area (grasslands, brush or other wildlands).
- 25 feet from your home or other combustible structure.
- 50 feet from any paved or public roadway.
- 150 feet from any occupied dwelling other than your own home.

The information above applies to those within the town limits of Century and the residents of unincorporated Escambia County.


2 Responses to “Century Adopts Florida Forest Service Burn Regulations”

  1. sam on November 22nd, 2017 8:33 am

    nothing like the city telling you what you can and can’t do on your property. they can’t even balance their check books.

  2. Citizen on November 21st, 2017 12:33 pm

    Century already has a policy in the municode, written plain as day, been thee a while..

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