Open Burning

There is no burning in Pasco County except in the following conditions:

  • Yard waste that meets the requirements below
  • Agricultural, silvicultural, land-clearing, pile and acreage burning all require a burning authorization from the Florida Forest Service. Contact the Withlacoochee Forestry Center at 352-797-4100 or 352-797-4101 for authorization.
Yard Waste

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 that prohibit burning.

What is Yard Waste?

Yard waste is 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 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 (where the burning will occur) and it will fit in an 8-foot diameter pile or non-combustible container.
  • Your fire is ignited after 9 am. Eastern Time and is extinguished one hour before sunset.
  • Smoke is not a hazard or nuisance.
Note: Piles greater than 8 feet in diameter will require authorization from the Florida Forest Service, must have suppression equipment on hand, and need to meet additional setback requirements.

It is illegal to burn household garbage (including paper products), treated lumber, plastics, rubber materials, tires, pesticides, paint and aerosol containers.

Clear an area down to bare soil around your pile to prevent the fire from spreading.

Cover a non-combustible container with wire mesh to keep sparks from flying out and starting new fires.

If you have questions on outdoor burning, please contact the Withlacoochee Forestry Center at 352-754-6777 or visit their website.

Outdoor Burning Tips

  • Check with your local Florida Forest Service office to make sure it is legal to burn in your area.
  • Make sure you meet the required setbacks.
  • Burn only yard waste, no household garbage (include paper products and newspapers).
  • Don't burn on windy days.
  • Never leave a fire unattended.
  • Keep a water hose or shovel handy in case your fire escapes.
  • Make sure your smoke does not obstruct visibility on nearby roads.
  • Make sure your fire is completely out before you leave.