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Osceola National Forest Wildfires 2019

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National Forests in Florida
U.S. Forest Service
325 John Knox Road
Tallahassee, FL 32303

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Daily Update June 1, 2019

Osceola National Forest Wildfires 2019 Wildfire
News – 6/6/2019

Osceola National Forest Fire Update

Phone: (386) 243-0301

Email: OsceolaFireUpdates@gmail.com

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U.S. Forest Service

National Forests in Florida

325 John Knox Road
Tallahassee, FL 32303

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Osceola National Forest Fire Update

SANDERSON, Fla.,June 1, 2019 – Due to ongoing dry, hot weather, the Osceola National Forest is experiencing several wildfires. Updates to the fires will be provided daily until the situation changes.

If you plan to visit the Osceola National Forest, please take the following precautions:

  • Make sure your campfire is completely out. Dispose of wood ash properly. Don’t dump ashes on the ground.

  • Ensure chainsaws, off-highway vehicles and motorcycles have spark arrestors.

  • Don’t smoke near vegetation. Never throw cigarettes out of car windows.

  • Don’t park or drive your vehicle on dry grass.

  • Follow state or local restrictions on burning, using fireworks and building campfires.

  • Be smart and don't fly drone anywhere near a wildfire.

    For more information on wildfire prevention, visit www.smokeybear.com or www.firewise.org.

    Air Quality: Smoke from the fires has the potential to impair air quality. Conditions may change quickly, based on weather, wind direction and fire activity. Sensitive groups including individuals with asthma, lung or heart disease, children, older adults and pregnant women should take precautions to avoid exposure to smoke. If you think you are having health effects from smoke, see your doctor or health professional as needed. Use caution when driving in or around smoky areas. For information on air quality in your area, visit www.airnow.gov.

    Little Frog Fire, Columbia County FL

Acres

20

Containment

80%

Cause

Lightning

Date started

May 26, 2019

Evacuations

None

Closures

None

Summary

The fire is north of Forest Service Road 250 near the northwest boundary of the forest. No homes or structures have been damaged or lost. Fire personnel continue to search for and extinguish hot spots inside and along the fire edge.

Community Meetings

None

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2-2-2-2 – Osceola National Forest Fire Update

Deep Creek Fire, Columbia County FL

Acres

183

Containment

60%

Cause

Lightning

Date Started

May 29, 2019

Evacuations

None

Closures

None

Summary

The fire is in the central west section of the forest, east of U.S. Highway 441. No homes or structures have been damaged or lost. Fire personnel continue to search for and extinguish hot spots inside and along the fire edge.

Community Meetings

None

Smith Still Fire, Columbia County FL

Acres

515

Containment

50%

Cause

Lightning

Date Started

May 29, 2019

Evacuations

None

Closures

None

Summary

The fire is approximately 1.5 miles southeast of the Deep Creek Fire. No homes or structures have been damaged or lost. Fire personnel continue to search for and extinguish hot spots inside and along the fire edge.

Community Meetings

None

Little Gum Fire, Columbia County FL

Acres

4

Containment

100%

Cause

Lightning

Date Started

May 29, 2019

Evacuations

None

Closures

None

Summary

The fire is northwest of Ocean Pond and just south of Interstate 10. No homes or structures have been damaged or lost. Fire personnel continue to search for and extinguish hot spots inside and along the fire edge.

Community Meetings

None

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3-3-3-3 – Osceola National Forest Fire Update

238 Fire, Columbia County FL

Acres

170

Containment

100%

Cause

Lightning

Date Started

May 14, 2019

Evacuations

None

Closures

None

Summary

The fire is one mile north of US Highway 90 and one mile east of McCloskey Road (US Forest Service Road 236). No homes or structures have been damaged or lost. Fire personnel continue to search for and extinguish hot spots inside and along the fire edge.

Community Meetings

None

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