Wildfires remain a dangerous threat across Florida, despite more rainfall recently, so state agriculture officials are urging you to be very careful over the Fourth of July holiday, especially if you're setting off fireworks or grilling out.
Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson says the summer rain pattern has not returned to all parts of the state, so some areas continue to experience drought conditions.
He says Division of Forestry firefighters are still responding to 20 to 40 new wildfires every day.
Forestry spokesman Jim Brenner says the state's average drought index is 465 on a scale of 800, with 800 representing desert-like conditions. That means a continued threat of wildfires.
Brenner says if you set off any fireworks or burn sparklers, make sure you do it in an area that's clear of brush, grass or downed trees.
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