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No burn ban in place yet in Gadsden, surrounding counties

Posted at 6:20 PM, Sep 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-26 18:20:22-04

(WTXL) — All the hot, dry weather could become a danger to rural parts of our area.

The lack of rain brings concern about wildfires.

The Florida Forestry Service said while there's not a burn ban in place right now, one could definitely be in our future.

A burn ban is when people aren't allowed to set fires on their properties. Even prescribed burns are not allowed.

You may remember, in the months following Hurricane Michael, debris caught fire a lot because of the lack of rain.

Trees in Gadsden County caught on fire in early March.

Quincy Fire Chief Curtis Bridges tells us it's definitely something they're keeping an eye on.

"We haven't had any rain in quite some time and we don't see any coming anytime soon. We're concerned with how hot the vegetation is getting and how hazardous it could be as far as wild fires," said Bridges.

Quincy does prohibit burning within city limits at all times.

But in Gadsden County, burning is fine as long as long as there's no ban in place.

As this dry heat wave wears on, we'll continue to keep an eye on this issue.