BRUSH FIRE DANGER
The cold, dry weather makes conditions right for brushfires. One recently in Salt Springs consumed around thirty acres of land.
A red flag warning has been issued for the region and people are being asked not to burn outside.
2008 is expected to be a very active brush fire season and a lot of that has to do with the fact that North Central Florida hasn't really gotten much rain.
Heather Danenhower with Marion County Fire Rescue says, "The reason why it's so dangerous out there is because the humidity is at around 22% today. Anything under thirty is considered the danger zone and we have winds up to twenty three miles an hour. Those two elements are recipes for wildfire danger, plus we had the hard freeze over night so some of that vegetation will die down creating more fuel for a wildfire."
In Marion County, burn permits are not being issued as of now and firefighters say they will not hesitate to write citations if they catch you burning illegally.
by Sarah Pusateri WCJB TV 20 News
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