June 15, 2011
The Tallahassee Fire Department is issuing a burn warning today for all of Leon County due to the severe danger of wildfire. “With the drought index over 700 for this area and the lack of rain, we are facing a high risk for any type of burning to quickly spread,” said Deputy Chief John Gatlin. “We are asking our citizens to refrain from burning until we have substantial rainfall to bring the index down to safer levels,” he said. The Tallahassee Fire Department is not issuing any burn permits at this time.
This warning is in line with the declaration of a state of emergency issued by Governor Scott this week. The Keetch-Bryan Drought Index (KBDI) has the Florida drought level at 649 as of this past Monday. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor conditions are likely to continue or worsen through the next few weeks for North Florida.