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City of Bonifay issues temporary outdoor burning ban effective immediately

Staff Writer
Washington County News
Washington County News

BONIFAY - The city has issued a temporary ban on outdoor burning in the city limits effective May 8 to last until deemed safe to remove the city said.

In an official statement the city said, “City of Bonifay Fire Department does hereby find that circumstances present in the city limits of Bonifay create a public safety hazard that would be exacerbated by outdoor burning.”

This order comes after three neighboring counties had wild fires this week that cause major damage in Pensacola and Milton.

Bonifay issued an order that said outdoor burning is prohibited in all of the city limits of as follows:

a) A person violates this order if he/she burns any combustible material in an outdoor area.

b) A person violates this order if he/she engages in any outdoor activity which could allow flames or sparks that could result in a fire.

The city said they will enforce the no fire order by the following:

Upon notification of suspected outdoor burning, Bonifay Fire-Rescue shall respond to the scene and take immediate measures to contain and/or extinguish the fire. As soon as possible, Bonifay Police Department shall respond to the scene to investigate the nature of the fire. The officer on scene will request immediate compliance with this order.

The city said the order does not apply, however, to activities such as Firefighter training and burn operations conducted by a certified burn manager approved by the Florida Forest Service.

“All outdoor burning of yard trash, household paper products, bonfires, campfires, warning fires, outdoor fire places, chimeras, and cooking fires within said Jurisdictions is prohibited unless authorized by the Florida Forest Services,” or for the cooking of food exclusively within a contained gas or charcoal grill,“ the city said. ”The setting of fires to any grass, brush or forest covered land, unless authorized by the Florida Forest Service, shall constitute a violation of the law.“