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Rules Pertaining to Open Burning within the City of DeLand.

The regulation of open burning is designed to reduce air pollution significantly. It is the intent to require that open burning be conducted in a manner, under conditions, and within certain periods that will reduce or eliminate the environmental impact of air pollution caused by open burning. Also to establish certain requirements and criteria to regulate and control open burning within the city so as not to pose a threat to health, life, adjoining properties or public ways or cause an "unfriendly fire" within the city.

Severe wind or extreme dry conditions would warrant a refusal to allow controlled burning. These conditions will be determined by the Fire Chief or his/her designee utilizing and in consideration of the Florida Division of Forestry daily burn index.

BURN HOURS ARE FROM 9:00 AM UNTIL ONE HOUR BEFORE SUNSET.

Open burning of yard waste. Open burning of yard waste is allowed provided:

  • ‍The yard debris MUST be only leaves, small limbs, or other vegetation. Absolutely NO garbage, petroleum products, tires, or other materials not classified as dead vegetation will be allowed.
  • ‍The moisture content and composition of material to be burned is favorable to good burning which will minimize smoke.
  • ‍The yard waste was generated on residential premises of not more than two family units. The open burning is conducted on the premises where the material was generated.
  • ‍The fire MUST be supervised from the time of ignition until it is completely out. An extinguishing appliance such as a water hose must be available close enough to the fire for extinguishment if necessary.
  • ‍The fire is set back at least 25 feet from any wild lands, brush, or combustible structure, 50 feet from any paved public roadway, and 150 feet from any occupied building other than that owned or leased by the individual doing the burning.
  • ‍Absolutely no gasoline, kerosene, or other hazardous materials can be used for ignition.
  • ‍The fire is enclosed in a noncombustible container or is restricted to a pile no greater than eight feet in diameter built upon ground cleared of all combustible material.
  • ‍Any fire in a noncombustible container is covered with wire mesh to keep sparks from flying out and starting fires.
  • ‍The fire is attended and adequate fire extinguishing equipment is readily available at all times.
  • ‍Any fire in a noncombustible container is covered with wire mesh to keep sparks from flying out and starting fires.
  • ‍Miscellaneous allowed burning. A campfire, bonfire, will be allowed that is used solely for recreational purposes, for ceremonial purposes, for outdoor food preparation of food, or on cold days for warming of outdoor workers as long as excessive fire and smoke is not emitted.
  • ‍In the event of a reasonable complaint from a neighbor, the fire will be extinguished by the person or persons responsible for the fire. The Fire Official may make the final determination as to whether or not there has been a reasonable complaint or if the fire constitutes a hazard.

If for any reason, the City of DeLand Fire Department has to extinguish the burning, the Responsible Party shall pay a minimum charge of $150.00 with an additional charge of $150.00 per hour per apparatus.

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