SOUTHPORT, Fla. May 8, 2020 –County commissioners from Holmes and Washington Counties have issued burn bans on all
outdoor burning activities. These decisions were based on the forecasted weather conditions and current fire behavior
experienced within the Florida Panhandle.
All outdoor burning of yard trash, household paper products, bonfires, campfires, warming fires, outdoor fire places,
chimneys, and cooking fires within said jurisdictions is prohibited unless: 1) authorized by the Florida Forest Service; or
2) for the cooking of food exclusively within a contained gas or charcoal grill.
The setting of fires to any grass, brush, or forest covered land, unless authorized by the Florida Forest Sevice, shall
constitute a violation of the law.
The Florida Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, manages more than 1
million acres of state forests and provides forest management assistance on more than 17 million acres of private and
community forests. The Florida Forest Service is also responsible for protecting homes, forestland and natural resources
from the devastating effects of wildfire on more than 26 million acres. Learn more at www.FDACS.gov\FLFloridaForest.