My 4th Of July Forida Burn Ban & Wildfire Updates & Safety Tips

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Where has the year gone?

It seems like Christmas was just last month and now here we are, its almost the Fourth Of July!

 

I know it seems like the state of Florida has seen a lot of rain during the month of June. The sad fact remains that we are still very dry folks. We need to be very careful while celebrating our Nation's Independence.

I've been contacted a couple times this past week about the Burn Bans around the state. Some have been lifted, some are still in effect. Here are the Florida Counties still under a Burn Ban:

 

Baker, Bay, Charlotte, Flagler, Franklin, Glades (partial ban), Gulf, Hernando, Lake, Levy (voluntary), Okaloosa, Pasco, Polk, Sumter, Volusia Unincorporated (and the cities of DeBary, DeLand, Deltona, Lake Helen, Oak Hill, Pierson) and Walton.            

If your county isn't mentioned, maybe we could pretend it was and play it safe?Volusia County got over 7 inches of rain in the month of June and we are still very dry.                                 

There have been several counties removed from the list since last I checked, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't play it safe this long holiday weekend.

  

Yes, and with the rain we've had we do have wildfires burning. Just recently here in Volusia County I-95 was shut down due to a controlled burn that got out of control and jumped I-95. It burned about 95 acres either side of I-95 near Old Dixie Highway.

From what I am reading, it appears the state of Florida as of June 25th has 125 wildfires actively burning.

In Pasco County there is a 186 acre wildfire burning that was started by lightning. It is not yet contained.

In Lake County, currently a 301 acre wildfire burning, cause is not known. Over 200 hundred homes and structures are threatened by this fire, it is at 40% containment.

Collier County has the Sable Palm East Fire, it was started by lighting and has grown to 400 acres. There is no containment yet.

 

Lets talk some safety for the big weekend:

 

There are two things we Amercian's love to do on the Fourth Of July, EAT and light off FIREWORKS!(Ok 3, but the 3rd has nothing to do with putting a flame to something!)

 

Fireworks are fun, but they are dangerous. Please make sure an adult is present at all times when the children are playing with even the most tame sparkler. One mistake could lead to .. well, let's not even go there. We all know what can happen.

 

BBQ Safety Tips:

Don't set your grill on mulch. Yep, makes sense when we think about it now huh? I never in a million years would have thought of this. One small nudge by a playing puppy, or trip over the hose, if that grill goes down the mulch is prime fuel for a fire.

Don't add more charcoal lighter fluid to your charcoal if the briquetts aren't starting fast enough. The fire could travel up the stream of liquid to your hand and on to the rest of your body. Please be patient with it.

Don't place your gas or charcoal grill close to your home. It doesn't take much to melt the vinyl siding on your house, or to catch it on fire. I think I heard 20 feet is good, but if you have more room then that utilize it.

Don't turn on the gas on your gas grill with the lid closed. This could lead to an explosive situation.

Always check hoses and connections on your gas grill before turning the gas on. A leak could be disastrous.

"According to the National Fire Protection Association, leaks can be detected by dabbing the connections with a solution of soapy water and turning on the gas momentarily. If bubbles occur, it means there is a leak that must be fixed before the grill is used."  (Quote taken From Good Morning America)


I hope all of you have a SAFE and HAPPY Fourth Of July Weekend!

We'll be watching the pro's light the fireworks, come join us!. There are 4 different fireworks displays scheduled in our area, 4th of July Celebration In Port Orange, Florida! The Daytona Beach Pier, after the Daytona Cubs game and at the Granada Bridge in Ormond Beach. Come on out and have some fun!

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Lysa~

Timely post and  such good advice. Thanks!

Jun 30, 2007 06:12 AM #1
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We are seeing similar conditions in Hawaii.  Maui had a pretty bad brush fire.  We had a couple of small ones that they were able to contain on Oahu.  The season is just starting, so it may be a tough one.
Jun 30, 2007 06:22 AM #2
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Matthew J Blum - (retired from the business)
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Lysa,  Great post.. Living in south florida we have had so much rain in the last 3 weeks that we forget that we are still in a major draught. 
Jun 30, 2007 06:33 AM #3
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Lysa Napolitano
Daytona Beach, FL

Hi janeAnne! Thanks! Our fires are starting to spark back up and some other Floridian's like me are concerned about this week. Hopefully I'll have time to update it again for the Pepsi 400 as we have a lot of campers/RVers out then too.

Randy, oh man, the only fires I remember there were the cane fires when harvest time came around. I wish I could put this post on more then one state as more then one state has a drought problem while others are being washed away.

 

Jun 30, 2007 07:01 AM #4
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Lysa Napolitano
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Matt, My new S. Florida friend, you've had more rain then us, I was surprised at the fires that were burning down there. Just goes to show us huh?

Jun 30, 2007 07:02 AM #5
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Lysa Napolitano
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To the Localism Moderators! Thank you! :)
Jul 01, 2007 05:12 AM #6
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Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495
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Its 98 degrees here today, dry as heck all over the country, and I keep hearing there's no such thing as climate change.  Hmmmmmmmm.  This is just a preview.

Terry Haugen - STAGE it RIGHT!

Jul 01, 2007 09:20 AM #7
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Lysa Napolitano
Daytona Beach, FL

Terry, It's supposed to be hot, but it's dry your way right now, not humid? I'm not sure what it is here, I've been in and out of bed all day today with a migraine UGH!

Just wait a few minutes :)

Radar Loop I think this is headed your way :)

Jul 01, 2007 09:25 AM #8
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Hi Lysa, at least in Hernando and Pasco Counties we've been getting some rain! Maybe by Wednesday, the ban can be lifted. What really surprises me is that despite the burn/fireworks bans in place, sales of fireworks proceed. Does that make sense?
Jul 01, 2007 11:54 AM #9
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Lysa Napolitano
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Silvia, we're thinking on the same lines. Fox 35 News had a interview with a Volusia County Firefire tonight and he said that they wanted to ban fireworks but it had to be done at the state level. I've tried to find the interview on their website so I could link to it, but no luck. They are concerned about shooting fireworks starting really bad wildfires and they should be.
Jul 01, 2007 12:05 PM #10
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Sam

hey, I just moved to Daytona Beach and I bought fireworks and in the store they had a paper saying it was illegal to shoot off fireworks but if thats so then why are people shooting off fireworks and not suffering the concequences. This news just really shocked me because I was really looking forward to the Fourth of July and I bought a lot of fireworks and most of them do shoot up in the air and explode. Does the Law enforcement hear in Daytona not inforce that law?

PLEASE REPLY

Jun 27, 2008 01:10 PM #11
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Lysa Napolitano
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Hey Sam!
I was just having a converstation with someone about this during the week. When I first moved here I lived in Ormond By The Sea which is in unicorporated Volusia County. We were setting fireworks off, the ones that go in the air and the ones that stay on the ground. A Volusia County Sherrifs Officer came by and explained to us that it was illegal to shoot fireworks into the sky and to "please don't do it anymore".  This was in 2003 and I do not know if that is still the rule of thumb, but like you I wonder why do they sell them then? There is a possibility that you can use those fireworks in other counties in our area. I remember driving through Flagler County in 2004 along A1A and the public was shooting them off into the sky. You may want to check the laws there? They do have quite a show off the pier (or they used too)

I understand where you are coming from tho. I just don't get it either. Hope you have a good Fourth and find somewhere to shoot off your fireworks!

Jun 27, 2008 10:46 PM #12
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