Hillsborough Drought: What You Need to Know
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.
Ban on Open Burning Expires Expires June 7
Hillsborough County's ban on open burning expires at midnight on Wednesday, June 7.
One Day Per Week Water Restrictions Effective Monday, June 5
The Southwest Florida Water Management District has declared a Phase III Water Shortage to go in effect June 5, 2017, through August 1, 2017. These measures currently apply to all of Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota counties; the portions of Charlotte, Highlands, Lake, Levy, Marion, Polk and Sumter, within the District's jurisdiction; and Gasparilla Island (including the portion in Lee County) have some local exceptions.Read More
Hillsborough Amends Emergency Ban on Open Burning
Members of the Emergency Policy Group today extended an executive order banning open burning in Hillsborough County until at least June 8.
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.Read More
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.Read More
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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