No Rain, No Show
Fourth of July festivities are just one week away and if rain doesn't fall hard, and soon, many counties may still be under a burn ban, which means no grand finales to celebrate the holiday. Burn ban or not, fireworks tents are still popping up.
Fire Marshals say unless we get significant rain this weekend, there is a good chance burn bans will extend through Independence Day. But there's still no ban on buying the celebratory explosives.
According to the Division of Forestry website Alachua, Bradford, Marion, and Putnam counties are under a burn ban. Gilchrist and Levy counties are on under a voluntary ban.
Under the extremely dry conditions any kind of fireworks ,including ones that stay on the ground, can ignite a fire. Thousands of active wildfires are burning in Florida, many of which are in our area.
Counties implement burn bans on a week by week basis depending on the drought index. In Alachua County, leaders will make the "Fourth of July" decision on Tuesday.
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