MADISON COUNTY, FL –
The 2010 Holiday season was a busy one for Florida Division of Forestry personnel in Madison County. Between Christmas Eve and New Years Day, the Division responded to a total of 8 wildfires in Madison County alone. The eight fires, all human-caused, burned a total of 30 acres but did not threaten or damage any structures. Over half of the wildfires were caused by escaped campfire, yard trash and pile burns. While the Division of Forestry encourages the use of “good fire” in a controlled and responsible manner, it is important to remember that 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
Contact your local Division of Forestry office for more information on fire prevention tips and burning rules and regulations, or visit the Division of Forestry website at www.fl-dof.com.
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