Florida Senate - 2017 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 1304 Ì723350uÎ723350 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House Comm: RCS . 04/19/2017 . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation (Hutson) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment to Amendment (900786) 2 3 Delete lines 24 - 85 4 and insert: 5 (5) DESIGNATION OF HABITATS.—The commission may, on state 6 lands, designate and update as necessary using a science-based 7 approach: 8 (a) Florida black bear habitats in which female bears are 9 likely to be denning during the month of February; and 10 (b) Sensitive habitats containing critical food sources for 11 Florida black bears. 12 Section 2. Paragraph (b) of subsection (3) of section 13 590.125, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 14 590.125 Open burning authorized by the Florida Forest 15 Service.— 16 (3) CERTIFIED PRESCRIBED BURNING; LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS AND 17 PURPOSE.— 18 (b) Certified prescribed burning pertains only to broadcast 19 burning for purposes of silviculture, wildland fire hazard 20 reduction, wildlife management, ecological maintenance and 21 restoration, and agriculture. It must be conducted in accordance 22 with this subsection and: 23 1. May be accomplished only when a certified prescribed 24 burn manager is present on site with a copy of the prescription 25 and directly supervises the certified prescribed burn until the 26 burn is completed, after which the certified prescribed burn 27 manager is not required to be present. 28 2. Requires that a written prescription be prepared before 29 receiving authorization to burn from the Florida Forest Service. 30 a. A new prescription or authorization is not required for 31 smoldering that occurs within the authorized burn area unless 32 new ignitions are conducted by the certified prescribed burn 33 manager. 34 b. Monitoring the smoldering activity of a certified 35 prescribed burn does not require a prescription or an additional 36 authorization even if flames begin to spread within the 37 authorized burn area due to ongoing smoldering. 38 3. Requires that the specific consent of the landowner or 39 his or her designee be obtained before requesting an 40 authorization. 41 4. Requires that an authorization to burn be obtained from 42 the Florida Forest Service before igniting the burn. 43 5. Requires that there be adequate firebreaks at the burn 44 site and sufficient personnel and firefighting equipment to 45 contain the fire within the authorized burn area. 46 a. Fire spreading outside the authorized burn area on the 47 day of the certified prescribed burn ignition does not 48 constitute conclusive proof of inadequate firebreaks, 49 insufficient personnel, or a lack of firefighting equipment. 50 b. If the certified prescribed burn is contained within the 51 authorized burn area during the authorized period, a strong 52 rebuttable presumption shall exist that adequate firebreaks, 53 sufficient personnel, and sufficient firefighting equipment were 54 present. 55 c. Continued smoldering of a certified prescribed burn 56 resulting in a subsequent wildfire does not by itself constitute 57 evidence of gross negligence under this section. 58 6. Is considered to be in the public interest and does not 59 constitute a public or private nuisance when conducted under 60 applicable state air pollution statutes and rules. 61 7. Is considered to be a property right of the property 62 owner if vegetative fuels are burned as required in this 63 subsection. 64 8. May not be conducted during the month of February in a 65 habitat designated by the Fish and Wildlife Conservation 66 Commission under s. 379.3018(5)(a).