Wildfire Destroys Mobile Home in Madison County

By: Division of Forestry Release
By: Division of Forestry Release


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

You must be logged in to post comments.

Password (case sensitive):
Remember Me:

Read Comments

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
  • by wondering Location: Lake Park on Dec 21, 2010 at 01:47 PM
    Why was the person or person’s responsibility for the fire not named? It must have been someone believed to be important in the community. Wonder why they will not be charged with negligence. If I burned trash in my yard and allowed it to get out of control I bet I would be charged with something or at least be named and sued. Another hillbilly hideout for the people of Madison.
WCTV 1801 Halstead Blvd. Tallahassee, FL 32309
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 112263389 - wctv.tv/a?a=112263389
Gray Television, Inc.