Agriculture Press Release
December 29, 1999
Crawford Cautions Public About Increasingly Dry Conditions
TALLAHASSEE Florida Agriculture Commissioner Bob Crawford is asking residents and visitors to be especially safety conscious during the holidays as the dry weather continues to make conditions ripe for wildfires.
"Its crucial that the public be aware of these conditions and careful not to inadvertently set a fire," Crawford said. "We need to be especially mindful of the potential danger fireworks may create during New Years celebrations."
The state is experiencing below average rainfall with the driest conditions in north and northwest Florida. Some areas are 15 inches or more below average. Several wildfires have been sparked recently by outdoor equipment use.
Crawford says there are steps people can take to protect themselves and their property:
Crawford is also urging residents to contact their local Division of Forestry district office before doing any outdoor burning. Commissioner Crawford would like to wish everyone a happy New Year and says by following these tips, residents can keep it a safe one as well.
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