At its Tuesday, April 11, 2017 meeting, the Hernando County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) adopted a countywide burn ban due to continuing drought conditions and the high potential for wildfires.
This temporary burn ban will remain in effect through May 23, 2017. It will be re-assessed every seven days and could be lifted early if conditions improve.
Residents shall refrain from the following:
- Open burning
- Discharge of fireworks
- Burning trash, refuse or other debris
“This burn ban is being put in place to protect the safety of our residents during these very dry condition,” Chairman Wayne Dukes stated. “Considering Governor Scott’s current state of emergency due to the increase of wildfires across the state, this is the right thing to do for Hernando County.”
The Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI), designed to measure forest fire potential, ranges from 0 (very moist) to 800 (very dry). As of yesterday, the current KBDI average drought index for Hernando County was 518. Approximately 66 percent of Hernando County falls within this range.
In a recent meeting with the local division of the Florida Forest Service and community stakeholders, it was announced that this would be a higher than average year for brush fires. Since January, Hernando County Fire Rescue has responded to 34 brush fires, burning nearly 1,200 acres.
Burn bans are put in place to eliminate the chance of unintentional negligence minimizing the potential of an escaping fire.
Visit http://www.freshfromflorida.com/content/download/74707/2127803/wildfires2017_map_ActiveWildfires.pdf for more information about active wildfires.
NOTE: It is always illegal to burn household garbage including paper products, treated lumber, plastics, rubber materials, tires, pesticide, paint and aerosol containers.
Residents may use any of the following locations to dispose of trash:
Northwest Waste Management Facility – Landfill (closed on Sundays and holidays)
14450 Landfill Rd.
Brooksville, Florida 34614
Hours: Mon. – Sat. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
East Hernando Convenience Center (closed on Sundays, Mondays and holidays)
33070 Cortez Blvd.
Ridge Manor, FL 33523
Hours: Tues. – Sat. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
West Hernando Convenient Center (closed on Sundays, Mondays and holidays)
2525 Osowaw Blvd.
Spring Hill, FL 34607
Hours: Tues. – Sat. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.