Posted May 18, 2017 | 3:42 PM

Hillsborough Drought: What You Need to Know

Find updates here on restrictions, safety tips and how to stay informed

Hillsborough County is undergoing a severe drought, according to the National Weather Service. Persistent warm and dry conditions have led to an increase in wildfires, and prompted a water shortage notice. Here you'll find updated information about conditions, County orders, and tips on how to stay safe.

Open Burn Ban Extended until May 24

Members of the Emergency Policy Group extended an executive order banning open burning in Hillsborough County until at least May 24.

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Open Burn Ban Approved

The Emergency Policy Group today approved an executive order banning open burning in Hillsborough County until at least May 4. Warm temperatures and dry conditions have combined to increase the danger of wildfires in our area. 

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How to Protect Your Home from Wildfires

Each year, wildfires destroy thousands of acres and many homes across the country. These fires spread quickly, and embers can be blown more than a mile from the flames. In Hillsborough County, the danger typically peaks when temperatures warm up and weather conditions are dry.

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Want to Stay Informed? 

HCFL Alert is Hillsborough County’s official mass notification system. HCFL Alert is designed to keep you informed about emergencies and certain non-emergency events in Hillsborough County.  

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Water Shortage Notice

The Southwest Florida Water Management District's (District) Governing Board voted on April 25, 2017, to declare a Phase I Water Shortage for all 16 counties throughout the District's boundaries.

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