Officials Ask Residents to Hold Off on Outdoor Burning Due to Drought

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Posted at 4:13 PM, Nov 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-21 16:13:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Officials with the Florida Forest Service's Tallahassee Forestry Center are urging residents in several counties to stop any outdoor burning for the next few days. 

They have told citizens in Liberty, Gadsden, Leon, Wakulla, Jefferson and Franklin counties to refrain from any outdoor burning for the next several days.

The area is in the midst of an extended dry spell and a predicted cold front will bring higher winds and lower humidity. They said that this combination has increased the potential for fires in the area. 

“Because of the cooler weather, residents will likely want to get out and get some yard work done,” said Chris Colburn, Tallahassee Center Manager. “However, the Florida Forest Service is asking the public to refrain from burning collected yard debris until we see some relief from these dry, dangerous conditions.”

Some things residents can do around their home now to increase wildfire safety and protect their home include the following:

·         Create a wildfire preparedness plan with your family.

·         Remove flammable or dry vegetation located on and around home up to 30 feet and dispose of it according to local city or county regulations (Refrain from burning collected yard debris at this time).

·         Keep lawn trimmed and watered (according to local water regulations).

·         Make sure residence is clearly marked for emergency response personnel.

For more information about the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, click here.