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Homeowners Urged to Take Precautions for Florida Wildfire Season

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Posted at 10:09 AM, May 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-08 06:38:41-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Officials say that there are nearly 125 active wildfires burning in Florida today.

Commissioner Adam Putnam and the Florida Forest Service provided an update of wildfire activity in the state on Monday.

They said that so far, more than 2,000 wildfires have burned over 150,000 acres in Florida this year.

“Florida is in the middle of its worst wildfire season in years – with no end in sight,” Commissioner Putnam said. “With such an active wildfire season and much of Florida experiencing significant drought conditions, residents and visitors should take every precaution to help prevent wildfire.”

Conditions are forecast to worsen as Summer approaches. Things are supposed to get even drier and warmer as we go into late spring.

Officials shared the following tips with homeowners to make sure their homes are safe:

To increase home survivability, Floridians can do the following:

  • Keep mulch and pine needles away from your home, fence, and deck;
  • Keep roof and gutter free of pine needles;
  • Keep flammables away from your home;
  • Store fire wood at least 30 feet from your home;
  • Remove dead vegetation and debris from under the deck and within 10 feet of your home; and
  • Make wildfire preparedness a family project.

Current conditions by county, burn bans, and helpful tips regarding wildfires in Florida can be found here.

For more information about the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, visit FreshFromFlorida.com