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Counties to issue burn ban as dry conditions fuel wildfires

91 active wildfires in Florida burn 28,341 acres

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Dry conditions in Florida have created a state of emergency, prompting several counties in Northeast Florida to prohibit all outdoor burning.

Brush fires have ignited across the state because of the dry conditions, including a 40-acre brush fire in Yulee, and a massive brush fire in the Bryceville area that destroyed two homes and 19 structures. The Nassau County Board of Commissioners instituted a burn ban on March 31.

There are currently there are 91 active wildfires in Florida statewide burning 28,341.6 acres.

Active wildfires: An active wildfire is a fire that is both actively burning and uncontained, or it might be contained by fire lines but is still hot and smoking or smoldering, even though there are no active flames. Fires are listed as active until they are completely out and cold with no smoking or smoldering. Until a fire is called out, it is carefully monitored by firefighters.

The following counties are under an outdoor burn ban:

  • Alachua
  • Baker
  • Flagler
  • Nassau
  • Putnum
  • Union

With the exception of Duval County -- which always prohibits outdoor burning -- burning with a Florida Forestry permit is still allowed, along with cooking on barbecue equipment, as long as the grill is monitored.

The FLBurnTools app is available in the App Store and Google Play, or online at FreshFromFlorida.com/FLBurnTools.