Posted June 8, 2017 | 7:56 AM

Hillsborough Ban on Open Burning Expires June 7

Hillsborough County, Fla. (June 7, 2017) - Hillsborough County's ban on open burning expires at midnight on Wednesday, June 7.

The ban was initially enacted by the Hillsborough County Emergency Policy Group on April 27. Recent rainfall has improved drought conditions and reduced the potential for wildfires. The Florida Forest Service's Wildland Fire Danger Index currently stands at "low" for Hillsborough County

Residents are reminded that open burning in Hillsborough County is regulated and, where allowed, requires advance authorization from the appropriate agency. Follow applicable rules and take appropriate safety measures.

  • The open burning of residential yard waste and household garbage or trash is prohibited.
  • The Hillsborough County Fire Marshal's Office issues permits for camp fires other than those allowed in designated areas in parks, bonfires, and fires for ceremonial and religious purposes. Go to, or call (813) 744-5541.
  • Authorization from the Florida Forest Service is required for certain agricultural burns. For more information, go to, or call (863) 940-6701.
  • For burning requests related to land clearing activities in Hillsborough County, contact the Environmental Protection Commission at (813) 627-2600.

Also, fireworks should be used only as allowed by law.





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