State of Emergency Declared for Florida Wildfires
Governor Crist has issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency.
The order will allow the National Guard to assist in fire situations. The executive order also calls on other states to send resources to the state of Florida if needed.
"Most of the woods are in dry conditions and can burn quite readily," said Forestry Center Manager Don West. "The concern is readily going to be the lighting that comes this month or next month."
Historically, May and June are the months where the state of Florida has had the largest fires.
So far this year, Florida has had over 15-hundred wildfires which burned nearly 160-thousand acres of land.
Friday, Marion County updated its burn ban.
Marion, Alachua, Bradford and Union counties are all under mandatory burn bans.
Levy County is under a voluntary burn ban. Gilchrist and Columbia counties do not have a ban in place.
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