MADISON COUNTY, FL –
On Monday afternoon (Dec. 20), personnel from the Florida Division of Forestry, City of Madison Fire Department, and Madison County Sheriff’s Office responded to a wildfire off of Levy Road in Madison. The 11 acre wildfire was caused by an escaped yard trash burn. An abandoned mobile home was destroyed by the fire. Four residential structures and two outbuildings were also threatened but not damaged.
Several weeks of dry weather have drastically increased the wildfire danger both within Madison County and across the state. Remember to be fire safe year-round and use caution when burning yard waste by following these guidelines:
· Burning yard waste does not require an authorization from the Division of Forestry, but you should check with your local city, county or Forestry officials to see if there are any restrictions in your area
· Your fire must be contained to an 8 foot diameter pile or non-combustible barrel and must be at least 25 feet from forests, 25 feet from your house, 50 feet from a paved public road and 150 feet from other occupied buildings
· Don’t burn on windy days or when the humidity is below 35%
· Never leave a fire unattended, and make sure it is out before you leave
· Keep a shovel and water hose handy
· If your fire escapes, you may be held liable for suppression costs and damage to the property of others
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