13 active wildfires in the Waccasassa Forestry Center

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - UPDATE: The Florida Forest Service is preparing for continued risk of wildfire development heading into the weekend, as gusty winds move into North Central Florida.

Map of current wildfires in the Waccasassa Forestry Center, as of Friday morning, 05/31/2019

FFS continues to ask residents not to conduct outdoor burns, as these could increase risk of wildfires. Lightning will remain a factor, especially as dry and hot conditions remain.

"With 13 wildfires just here in our five-county area, 70 wildfires statewide, and each day we're gonna get more," said Ludie Bond with the Florida Forest Service. "So please, we ask folks, do your part not to cause any additional wildfires and don't do any outdoor burning until we receive some significant, drenching rain."
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The Florida Forest Service says that, as of Friday morning, there are currently 13 active wildfires in the Waccasassa Forestry Center area, which includes Alachua, Gilchrist, Levy, Marion and Putnam Counties. All are 100% contained.

They say that they are currently burning just over 212 acres, which excludes 2 fires in the Ocala National Forest, which totals 568 acres.

While they say that the majority of the fire, 11 out of the 13, were started by lightning, they want to remind people that one less human-caused fire is one less their crews have to deal with. The Service wants to remind people to take care in their outdoor activities.

As of Friday morning, there are 66 active wildfires across the state, burning around 1,500 acres. 60 of those fires are 100% contained.