Did you know?
• Escaped burning debris is one of the leading causes of wildfires in Florida.
• The Florida Forest Service administers Florida’s outdoor burning and forest fire laws.
• Some types of burning require an authorization from the Florida Forest Service while others do not.
• Burning yard waste does not require an authorization, but you must follow the rules for your area.
What is yard waste?
Yard waste is any vegetative debris such as grass clippings, brush, leaves, tree limbs, palm fronds, etc., that are a result of yard maintenance.
You may burn yard waste without authorization as long as:
• You meet the required setbacks and no local, city or county ordinances prohibit burning;
• The yard waste was generated on your property and it will fit in an 8-foot diameter pile or non-combustible container; and
• The fire is ignited after 8 a.m. Central time or 9 a.m. Eastern time and is extinguished one hour before sunset.
Burning authorization required
Burning authorization not required
Authorization is not required to burn yard waste as long as you meet the required setbacks and there are no local, city or county ordinances in place that prohibit burning.
Check with your local, city and county officials to find out if there are any restrictions in your area.
Large pile burns
NOTE, Piles greater than 8 feet in diameter will require:
• An authorization from the Florida Forest Service;
• Suppression equipment on hand; and
• Additional setback requirements.
It is illegal to burn household garbage (including paper products), treated lumber, plastics, rubber materials, tires, pesticides, paint and aerosol containers.
Outdoor burning tips
• Clear an area down to bare soil around your pile to prevent the fire from spreading.
To reach the Okeechobee Forestry District (Glades • Highlands • Indian River Martin • Okeechobee • St. Lucie, call 863-467-3221. For Caloosahatchee Forestry Center (Collier • Hendry • Lee), call 239-690-8001.