Escaped Yard Trash Burn Causes 24-Acre Wildfire in Madison Co.

By: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Release
By: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Release

MADISON COUNTY, FL –

On Saturday at noon (Jan. 15), personnel from the Florida Division of Forestry and Madison County Fire Department responded to a wildfire in the Cherry Lake area. The wildfire, caused by an escaped yard trash fire, burned a total of 24 acres. No structures were threatened or damaged. The wildfire is contained and controlled at this time.

Also on Saturday, the Division of Forestry, Madison County Fire Department and Madison County Sheriff’s Office responded to another wildfire off of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. This wildfire, which originated from an authorized acreage burn of 13 acres, burned only 1/10 of an acre. No structures were threatened or damaged, and the wildfire is contained and controlled at this time. A Notice of Violation was issued to the responsible parties in both wildfires, and they may be held liable for suppression costs.

Recently, Madison County has seen an elevated number of wildfires caused by human carelessness. Keep your good fire from turning into a bad fire by practicing these safe outdoor burning tips:

- 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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