North Port Places Outdoor "Burn Ban" in Effect Immediately
The City of North Port announced an Outdoor "Brun Ban" in a Press Release this week. It takes effect immediately. Read Read the release below, in it's entirety...
APRIL 13 - In accordance with City Ordinance 26-28 the Fire Chief of the City of North Port has determined that an Extraordinary Fire Hazard now exists due to the extreme drought conditions and the threat of wildfire, therefore effective immediately an Outdoor Burning Ban is enacted within the City limits. This Outdoor Burning Ban will remain in place until rescinded.
Present conditions in the State and local region:
• The National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) indicates that that our area is 2.2 inches short of average rainfall for year-to-date 2022.
• That within the City of North Port the Drought Index that measures moisture in the vegetation is up to 588 on the Keetch Byram Drought Index (KBDI) scale of 0-800.
• Fire Index for the City of North Port area has been consistent between High and Very High on the Fire Danger Index (FDI).
• There is not precipitation of significance forecasted in the short term that would alleviate these conditions.
The citywide Outdoor Burn Ban prohibits all outdoor burning that has not been specifically permitted by the Florida Forest Service. Bon fires, campfires, and the burning of vegetative (yard) debris is not allowed at this time.
Outdoor cooking fires in approved grills such as; gas or charcoal BBQ grills is permitted however extreme caution is urged with these devices as well. Fire pits/cooking pits are not permitted.
We encourage our citizens to inform each other of the ban to help prevent a fire. During this time of extreme drought we caution all citizens to take precaution with parking cars in tall grass, carelessly tossing a lighted cigarette, or even hitting a rock or other object while using a lawnmower.
If you have questions, you can reach out to The City of North Port here: https://www.cityofnorthport.com/home