Florida Forest Service recommends extreme caution when burning outdoors

Forest Service officials are advising using extreme caution when burning outside. (MGN Image)

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Officials with the Florida Forest Service say there is an increased wildfire potential because of abnormally warm weather and not enough rain.

Officials say they responded to many wildfires over the weekend, the largest of which is a 119-acre wildfire in Fountain.

Firefighters say it is 90 percent contained.

They say debris from Hurricane Michael is drying out quicker and causing difficulty conditions for firefighters to lay contingency lines.

They say the conditions are also causing wildfires to grow faster.

Forest Service leaders are recommending everyone to be extremely cautious with any outdoor burning including pile burns, campfires, and outdoor grilling.

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