SPRINGFIELD, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Springfield residents will now have to think twice before burning debris or trash in their yards.
Monday, the Springfield City Commission passed an ordinance during its special workshop meeting to ban all open burning within the city limits for the foreseeable future.
According to Fire Chief Brian Eddins, the ordinance is a precautionary measure due to all the downed trees from Hurricane Michael and dry weather. He says if locals are caught burning they'll be issued a warning and if they continue to burn they could be issued a fine.
Chief Eddins says there are still ways to burn, but you have to get the proper permission first to make sure it's safe.
He said, "Either contact Public Works here at City Hall or contact the fire department. If you can meet the setbacks, we'll come out and look at it but it's going to be very hard to meet the setbacks in the city."
Chief Eddins went on to say outdoor grilling is fine but burn barrels are not.
The Florida Forest Service defines their setback requirements as 25 feet from forests, 50 feet from paved public roads, 25 feet from your house, and 150 feet from other occupied buildings.
They say to always contact your local fire department or city officials before burning.
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