Orange County Burn Ban Ordinance
The Orange County Board of County Commissioners approved a burn ban ordinance in February of 2018. The ordinance replaced the need for the Mayor to issue a declaration of emergency. A burn ban means that Orange County residents will not be able to have any open fires of any types, including camp fires, bonfires, yard and trash burning, etc. There are some exemptions to this rule, including firework displays that are properly permitted, cooking on barbeque grills or pits as described in Section 18-7, Orange County Code, or any other valid state or county authorized burn.
What is a Burn Ban?
When the local drought index meets or exceeds 500, Orange County automatically institutes a burn ban. The burn ban prohibits all outdoor burning that has not been specifically permitted. The ban is applicable within the unincorporated and incorporated territory of Orange County. However, municipalities within Orange County may provide notice of exclusion in writing to the Orange County Fire Marshal’s Office. Outdoor burning authorized by the Florida Forest Service is not affected by this ban.
How do I know there is a Burn Ban in Effect?
In the event that the drought index meets or exceeds 500, Orange County will announce the implementation of a Burn Ban through local news media, social media and the Orange County website.
When will a Burn Ban be Lifted?
A burn ban will automatically lift after the drought index falls below 500 for seven consecutive days. This announcement will be made by Orange County through local news media, social media and the Orange County website.
What Can I Do to Keep My Family and Home Safe?
Orange County Fire Rescue reminds citizens to take the following actions to protect their families and homes from fire danger:
- Create at least 30-feet of “defensible” – meaning clean and green – space around your home.
- Clear trash and dead vegetation from your front and backyards.
- Remove leaves and debris from roof and gutters.
- Have a plan and an emergency kit packed in case an evacuation is ordered, especially if your home directly abuts wildlands.
- Monitor local media for updates on road closures, smoke conditions and other hazards.
- Use extreme caution when grilling, camping and discarding cigarettes.
- Call 9-1-1 if you see fire in your area.
- Download the OCFL Alert app and sign up for OC Alert to stay abreast of rapidly-changing conditions and warnings for your area.