Outdoor burn ban enacted for North Port
From North Port Fire Chief Scott Titus:
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 This Outdoor Burning Ban will remain in place until rescinded. This burn ban is being released in conjunction and cooperation with Sarasota County Emergency Services and the Florida Forest Service.
Present conditions in the State and local region:
• The Sarasota County area is 44% behind normal rainfall amounts for the year to date.
• Within the City of North Port, the Drought Index that measures moisture in the vegetation is up to 499 on scale of 0-800 and the Fire Index for the Sarasota County area is High on the Fire Danger Index (FDI).
The burn ban specifically prohibits any type of outdoor fire such as; campfires, land clearing burning, and pile burns. This prohibition does not affect permits issued by the Florida Forest Service. Outdoor cooking fires in approved gas or charcoal BBQ grills is permitted however extreme caution is urged with these devices as well.
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.