Officials warn of cold-related fire danger


Published: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 11:05 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 11:05 a.m.

State officials urged residents to be careful when using heating appliances and fireplaces as severe cold settled into Florida this week and a hard freeze warning was in place for most north Florida counties.

“To ward off this cold spell, many residents may be turning on space heaters and using fireplaces and we are urging them to do so safely,” said State Meteorologist Ben Nelson in a statement.

Although the state has received some rain associated with the incoming fronts, state officials said “dangerous fire weather conditions” still were in place and conducive for wildfires.

In Alachua County, there were no overnight reports of problems related to the cold or heating devices, according to Carol Davis, the public information officer for Alachua County and Gainesville fire services.

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