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Wildfire risk continues in Gadsden County

Gadsden County declared state of emergency after two wildfires
Posted at 5:12 PM, Apr 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-01 17:12:12-04

GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. — The wildfire risk is not just limited to Bay County.

Last week, we told you Gadsden County declared a state of emergency after two wildfires. One of which, grew to more than 25 acres.

Almost six months ago, Gadsden County was hit by Hurricane Michael, leaving broken trees and debris in its wake.

County leaders declared a seven day state of emergency last Monday because the air is dry, temperatures have increased, and the debris left behind by the hurricane is still here.

"As you can see here the destruction is still on the ground, it's still Michael," said Major Shawn Wood, Gadsden County Emergency Management Director. "And now as this stuff turns into vegetation it becomes a fuel. It's very dangerous."

There's no burn ban in Gadsden County, but you do have to notify the forestry if you're going to burn.

And if you're burning a pile bigger than 8x8, you will need a permit.