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Clay County lifts burn ban

Emergency management officials advise residents to still use caution

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CLAY COUNTY, Fla. – A recent countywide average rainfall amount of 3-6 inches prompted Clay County to lift its local state of emergency and burn ban, emergency management officials announced Monday evening. 

Clay County Emergency Management asked residents to use caution as the county could quickly fall into the same dry conditions that the area experienced a couple of weeks ago.

According to emergency management officials, one of the more effective ways to reduce the possibility of wildfires is to clear underbrush or debris, as dry plants and vegetation create more fuel for wildfires and cause homes to become more vulnerable to fires.

Emergency management officials also offered the following wildfire prevention tips:

  • Prune all branches around the residence to a height of 8 to 10 feet. Keep trees adjacent to buildings free of dead or dying limbs and moss.
  • Remove all dead limbs, needles and debris from rain gutters.
  • Avoid open burning completely, especially during this dry season.
  • Regularly dispose of newspapers and rubbish.
  • Rake leaves, dead limbs and twigs. Clear flammable vegetation from around and under structures.
  • Remove dead branches that extend over the roof.
  • Store flammable materials in approved safety cans.
  • Keep items available that can be used as fire tools, such as a rake, handsaw, chainsaw, bucket and shovel.
  • Never throw a lighted cigarette from the window of a vehicle or walk off and leave a burning cigarette.

Clay County residents can sign up for emergency alerts at ALERT.claycountygov.com.