Current Brush Fire Situation in SJC | Environment

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Current Brush Fire Situation in SJC
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St. Johns County Fire Rescue (SJCFR) along with St. Johns County Administration continues to daily monitor weather conditions and reports for our area as it relates to brush fire activity.  Although St. Johns County does not have a burn ban in effect, SJCFR strongly discourages residents from participation in outdoor burning activities.  Recent rainfalls have decreased the drought level throughout St. Johns County, but numerous freeze’s and falling relative humidity’s each afternoon have kept fire conditions very unstable for our area.   

Although SJCFR has seen an increase in brush fire activity over the past several days, most of the fires have been contained to small areas with only one fire in the SR206 area growing larger than 10 acres.  SJCFR will continue working together with DOF to provide for a rapid response to all reported brush fires, and ensure that thorough “mop up” is completed before leaving any brush fire scene in order to reduce the risk of any re-kindle.

St. Johns County provides residential yard debris pickup on selected days countywide.  Fire Officials strongly encourage the use of this service in lieu of any outdoor burning.  For information on current residential burn regulations visit the DOF website at the following link: 

 http://www.fl-dof.com/wildfire/laws_trash_burning.html

Some helpful tips to keep your home safe from fire are listed below courtesy of SJCFR and DOF:

  • Create a defensible space surrounding your home clear of debris or brush.
  • Clean debris such as leaves or limbs from roof areas or gutters.
  • Prune low hanging tree limbs to 6 – 10ft.
  • Have an outside water source that can reach all sides of your home.
  • Install less flammable landscaping in your yard and around your home.

 

For more information on the above tips or on how to prevent wildfires please visit the DOF website at www.fl-dof.com/wildfire/laws or contact SJCFR at (904) 209-1750.

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