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April 2, 2014

FAQs for open burning in Florida

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Q1. What do you mean by open burning?

  • A. Any burning that takes place in Florida where the smoke does not go through a smoke stack is considered “open”.

Q2. What do you mean by land clearing

  • A. Land-clearing is done in connection with the construction of buildings, roads, or for land development or mineral operations. Many people associate this term with, well I am clearing my property of palmetto and gallberry bushes so that must be what I am doing.

Q3. What is a certified burner?

  • A. A certified burner is a person who has passed one of the Florida Forest Service training classes. Has demonstrated proficiency in conducting a burn(s) and the local office of the Florida Forest Service has recommended certification if everything has been completed satisfactorily.

Q4. What benefits does a certified burner receive?

  • A. Because of their extra training and demonstrated proficiency, certified burners are given certain allowances to burn longer (during the day) and on days when other burners cannot get authorizations.

Q5. What are the Certification Programs in Florida?

  • A.There are two burner certification programs. Pile burner certification is for burners that only burn vegetation in piles or windrows (Florida does not allow burning anything other than naturally occurring vegetation  no household debris or other garbage). The other type of certification is for acreage burns which could be post harvest for timber (if the debris has not been piled or windrowed) or burning across naturally occurring vegetation e.g., pinelands, grasslands, or similar areas. If you are interested in becoming a certified burner, contact the local Florida Forest Service Office and they will know where the classes are being held (if any are available).

Q6. Are there other rules or laws that I might have to know to be able to burn in Florida?

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