Burn Warning Issued for Tallahassee and Leon County

By: TFD Release
By: TFD Release

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.


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  • by It's just me Location: Tallahassee on Jun 15, 2011 at 12:31 PM
    Division of Forestry does NOT issue permits for inside city limits.There are way too many people that don't know or just don't care when it comes to permits, they just start burning. Everyone needs to use a little common sense right now.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 15, 2011 at 07:23 AM
    This is for mainly any small burns people due in their yard because it can get out of control really quick.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 15, 2011 at 07:05 AM
    Good Job City of Tallahassee Fire Department. Unfortunately, the Division of Forestry issues the burn permits and you can not get one from them right now.
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