Forestry has answer for people asking for burn permits

Burning fires during ban could be very costly
Posted at 5:18 PM, Apr 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-14 17:18:12-04

The threat of more wildfires continued through Friday and despite the county-wide burn bans, people are still making a dangerous request.

Judith Tear from the Florida Forest Service out of the Withlachoochie district says people are calling them to ask for a burn permit, which they can't do.

"It is dry," she said, "we want to protect peoples home and their lives, no outdoor fires."

There are currently burn bans in Pasco, Polk, Hernando and Citrus counties.

Despite the bans, that didn't stop one man in Weeki Wachee from starting a bon fire Thursday night, which reignited and spread some two acres.

Hernando Co. deputies issued him a fine and he could be liable for paying for the resources it took to put the fire out as is the case for anyone responsible for setting a fire during a burn ban.

"You're responsible for that fire because you started it," said Tear.

The cost ranges anywhere from $150 to the thousands of dollars.

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