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The following categories identify open burning allowed by state rules.
Note: Although state rules may allow for open burning, counties and municipalities may prohibit these types of open burning. Please check with your local government to inquire about local ordinances or bans prior to open burning.
Recreational open burning of vegetative debris and untreated wood in a campfire, ceremonial bonfire, outdoor fireplace, or other contained outdoor heating or cooking device is allowed pursuant to subsections 62-256.700(10) and 5I-2.006(11), F.A.C., as long as the fire is attended at all times and completely extinguished before leaving the premises unattended. No authorization is required from Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) or Florida Forest Service (FFS) for recreational open burning.
Open burning of “yard waste” (defined as leaves, shrub trimmings, grass clippings, palm fronds, and brush) on residential premises of not more than two family units is allowed, provided that the below requirements in subsection 62-256.700(1), F.A.C., are met:
Materials with asbestos
Devices with mercury
For more information please read, Florida Forest Service Burning Information, or contact the Florida Forest Service (Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Walton, and Washington Counties) (850)373-1801.