Florida Senate - 2020                                     SB 764
       By Senator Baxley
       12-00861A-20                                           2020764__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to certified pile burning; amending s.
    3         590.125, F.S.; removing a provision specifying the
    4         origin of debris authorized for certified pile
    5         burning; providing an effective date.
    7  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
    9         Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subsection (4) of section
   10  590.125, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   11         590.125 Open burning authorized by the Florida Forest
   12  Service.—
   13         (4) CERTIFIED PILE BURNING.—
   14         (a) Certified pile burning pertains to the disposal of
   15  piled, naturally occurring debris from agricultural,
   16  silvicultural, land-clearing, or tree-cutting debris originating
   17  onsite. Certified pile burning must be conducted in accordance
   18  with the following:
   19         1. A certified pile burner must ensure, before ignition,
   20  that the piles are properly placed and that the content of the
   21  piles is conducive to efficient burning.
   22         2. A certified pile burner must ensure that the authorized
   23  burn is completed no later than 1 hour after sunset. If the burn
   24  is conducted in an area designated by the Florida Forest Service
   25  as smoke sensitive, a certified pile burner must ensure that the
   26  authorized burn is completed at least 1 hour before sunset.
   27         3. A written pile burning plan must be prepared before
   28  receiving authorization from the Florida Forest Service to burn
   29  and must be onsite and available for inspection by a department
   30  representative.
   31         4. The specific consent of the landowner or his or her
   32  agent must be obtained before requesting authorization to burn.
   33         5. An authorization to burn must be obtained from the
   34  Florida Forest Service or its designated agent before igniting
   35  the burn.
   36         6. There must be adequate firebreaks and sufficient
   37  personnel and firefighting equipment at the burn site to contain
   38  the burn to the piles authorized.
   39         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.