Burn Ban Lifted For All Of Escambia County

October 26, 2020

Monday morning, Escambia County lifted the burn ban for the entire county effective immediately.

According to the Forest Service, you do not need a burn authorization to burn yard waste (grass clippings, brush, leaves, tree limbs, palm fronds, etc.) as long as:

The pile is less than 8 feet in diameter;
You meet the required setbacks:25 feet from forests
50 feet from paved public roads
25 feet from your house
150 feet from other occupied buildings
The fire is ignited after 8 a.m. Central Time or 9 a.m. Eastern Time and is extinguished one hour before sunset
It is illegal to burn household garbage (including paper products), treated lumber, rubber materials, tires, pesticides, paint and aerosol containers
There are no local, city or county ordinances in place that prohibit burning.

For more information about burn authorizations, call Blackwater Forestry Center headquarters at (850) 957-5701.

A portion of the ban was  lifted late Friday for only the area of the county north of Nine Mile Road.. The burn ban was issued following Hurricane Sally due to the amount of debris.


5 Responses to “Burn Ban Lifted For All Of Escambia County”

  1. Cynthia D Sweeney on November 10th, 2020 12:05 pm

    Thank you Officer Moody for your help on Foxrun. I was making no headway and she clearly felt her need to burn her debris was above the safety of all of us neighbors surrounding her.

    Cynthia Sweeney

  2. Henry Coe on October 28th, 2020 8:36 pm


    As long as people keep their smoke on their own property and it doesn’t affect my property or my use of my property, no problem.
    Really though, if people pick the right weather conditions to burn in and they keep their fire hot so the smoke goes straight up and burns out quickly, then it’s not so bad but high humidity and lingering smoke is horrible for my breathing and gives me a headache.
    I believe in standing up for my rights as property owner.

  3. J-THE-G on October 28th, 2020 1:23 pm

    Thank God, it’s ridiculous to ban burning right after a hurricane as they did. For those who have issues with others burning, go inside. I have COPD and I wouldn’t imagine telling people what not to do because it effects my ability to spend time outside. Pro Tip: if I need to go out and they are burning, my mask can filter it enough that I can avoid hacking up stuff.

  4. b klein on October 28th, 2020 9:47 am

    mr. coe,
    we have to deal with the same thing in our area. there is one house repeatedly and another that occasionally burns trash/garbage and no telling what else. emitting unbearable fumes which burns your eyes throat. very noxious. I guess it gets down to some people having little or no consideration for others. Unfortunately such behavior is on the rise.

  5. Henry Coe on October 26th, 2020 9:40 pm

    Tonight is a great example of what it is like to have lung problems when folks burn debris.
    On the way home I stopped and got some groceries to include ribs I was going to put on my gas grill.
    I get out of my truck when I get home and immediately smell the smoke but I have groceries to put away so I have no choice but to breath the smoke with several trips. Now my breathing is screwed up and I have a pounding headache and no longer feel like cooking anything.
    That’s what happens for me on my property because of burning in my neighborhood. It’s not a ton of smoke, but the humidity is up and there is no wind to speak of so it is lingering.

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