Gainesville firefighters report dozen wildfires over past month


Published: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at 10:52 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at 10:52 a.m.

Wildfires usually conjure up rural images of areas like pastures and swamps and wooded areas burning, but over the past month wildfires have also been reported in a dozen locations in Gainesville.

Fire locations
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Gainesville Fire Rescue officials said they have responded to more than a half dozen wildfires in the past week alone. That situation has the agency urging people to adhere to the county-wide burn ban that took effect on Tuesday.

In a news release about the burn ban, the Risk Reduction bureau chief for the agency, Jeff Lane, said the burn ban will be strictly observed to prevent potential tragedies.

“The dry conditions we have experienced increase our community risk for dangerous fires and damage to structures and worse still -- persons injured from these fires,” Lane wrote.

He also urged residents to quickly report any fire or smoke they see.

Fire officials reccomend property owners take the following protective steps:

- Clean away dead vegetation and brush at least 30 feet from your home or structures.

- Clear any debris and combustibles from under or near porches, and decks.

- Cut the lawn often keeping the grass at a maximum of 2 inches. Watch grass and other vegetation near the driveway, a source of ignition from automobile exhaust systems.

- Clear the area of leaves, brush, evergreen cones, dead limbs and fallen trees.

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