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Burning dollar bill starts 5-acre woods fire in Interlachen

Putnam County declares state of emergency, burn ban due to dry conditions

Booking photo of Daniel Scott Robinson Jr.
Booking photo of Daniel Scott Robinson Jr.

PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. – You've heard the phrase "money to burn?" The Putnam County Sheriff's Office said a woods fire in the Interlachen area on Friday began when a man dropped a burning dollar bill.

When the burning bill it hit the parched underbrush, it quickly grew into a fire covering five acres. The flames were knocked down before they could threaten any homes.

Daniel Scott Robinson Jr., 27, was arrested on arson charges and is being held in the Putnam County Jail on $2,500 bond.

Robinson was treated for minor burns to his legs, deputies said.

Because of the dry conditions, Putnam County of Board of County Commissioners held an emergency meeting Thursday and declared a state of emergency and instituted a burn ban. While the ban must be renewed every seven days, it will be in effect until the area gets significant rainfall.

"Given the magnitude of wildfires currently raging within the state of Florida, I find this to be a particularly heinous and unconscionable crime," Sheriff Gator DeLoach said. "Anyone who would be so irresponsible and callus to intentionally set a fire under these conditions should expect to be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I will not tolerate anything less."

Under the ban, there can be no outdoor burning, no use of fireworks or flares, no throwing cigarettes into grass or leaf litter and no driving of vehicles in tall grass. Monitored barbecue grills are allowed.

Officials also urge anyone who sees suspicious activity in the woods or involving fire are asked to call 911.