“Flagler County – Burn Ban”
On Monday, May 1, 2017, the Flagler County Board of Commissioners issued a Proclamation declaring a State of Local Emergency for Flagler County, Florida in regard to forest and brush fires. The Declaration is prompted “in order to protect human and animal life and to avert the overwhelming destruction of property that could result for a wildfire.” A copy of the signed Proclamation accompanies this Public Service Announcement.
The National Weather Service has concluded that a rainfall deficit in North Florida (including Flagler County) has created a fire prone environment. The potential for an accidental fire is extremely high. Therefore, there are restrictions on fireworks, open burning, careless tossing of matches and cigarettes, and parking of catalytic converter vehicles on high grass.
To prevent the careless ignition of dry vegetation, the following emergency prohibitions are hereby ordered and enacted, pursuant to Section 252.46, Florida Statutes:
a. The sale, use and/or discharge of any firework as defined in Section 5 herein is prohibited, except that the foregoing prohibition does not apply to: the manufacture, sale and testing of fireworks and pyrotechnics by licensed pyrotechnic wholesale manufacturers who have operated in Flagler County for five (5) or more years; displays by licensed pyrotechnics approved by the County Fire Rescue Chief or his designee: and any burning authorized by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Florida Fire Service;
b. Open burning, burning of lawn debris, and use of open fire pits and containers are prohibited; not including the attended and monitored use of propane barbecue grills;
c. No matches or cigarettes, or any other items likely to cause a fire are to be thrown from vehicle; and
d. Parking a vehicle with a catalytic converter in high grassy areas is prohibited.
Any person violating any order issued pursuant to the Proclamation or any person who willfully fails or refuses to comply with the order or orders of any duly authorized Law Enforcement Officer or personnel charged with the responsibility for the enforcement of such orders shall, upon conviction therefore, be punished in accordance with Section 252.50, Florida Statutes. A conviction of this Second Degree Misdemeanor under Section 252.50 is punishable by a fine up to $500 for each offense and by a term of imprisonment of up to sixty (60) days for each offense.
The Flagler Beach Police Department and the Flagler Beach Fire Department are issuing this joint Public Service Announcement in an effort to educate our citizens and visitors about the State of Emergency and its restrictions. Wildfires are a matter of public safety. We respectfully request 100% compliance with the Local State of Emergency.
If you have any questions about the issuance of the “Burn Ban” in Flagler Beach, please feel free to call Police Chief Matt Doughney at (386) 517-2020 or Fire Chief Bobby Pace at (386) 517-2010.