COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — Collier County has issued a burn ban effective immediately.
The County Manager may recommend an immediate ban on outdoor burning and free ignition sources during extreme drought conditions.
The ban prohibits open burning, which is an outdoor fire or open combustion of material that produces visible emissions of trash and yard waste, which includes vegetative matter resulting from landscaping and yard maintenance operations.
In addition, outdoor grills, stoves, cookers, and smokers may be used in the preparation of food if the cooking fire is controlled and attended to. All outdoor cooking areas shall be free of burnable materials within an area having a circumference of 3 feet beyond the nearest edge of the cooking fire.
Violation of the order, if it is found to cause irreparable or irreversible damage, can be up to $15,000.