Pasco County wildfire and smoke conditions update

Burn ban remains in effect in Pasco County

Drought conditions and heavy smoke continue to be issues in Pasco County. Pasco County is under a Red Flag Warning for Wednesday, May 10, 2017 and Thursday, May 11, 2017.  The county-wide burn ban remains in effect.

  • A Red Flag Warning has been issued for Pasco County for Wednesday, May 10, 2017 and Thursday, May 11, 2017. A Red Flag Warning means critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior. See National Weather Service info at this link: http://bit.ly/2pxpCox.
  • A burn ban remains in effect for all of Pasco County. No burning of trash, garbage or yard debris is allowed. Burn ban information: http://bit.ly/2pWgw8Q.
    • Grills (both propane and charcoal) may be used for the preparation of food on private property as long as: a grate is maintained over the flames; cooking is performed in a suitable piece of equipment designed to contain the flames, heat.

 For updates on acreage and containment of fires in Pasco County follow: https://twitter.com/FFS_Withlacooch

  • All camping in Starkey Park is cancelled through Sunday, May 14, 2017. All bike and hiking trails are also closed in the park, until further notice, due to safety concerns and to provide access for firefighters. No open flames are allowed in Pasco County parks until further notice. (Campfires, grills/barbeques, etc.)