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Florida Forest Service reminds people to be prepared for fires

Posted at 6:41 PM, Apr 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-03 04:33:06-04

At the height of dry season, we see many wildfires. So, firefighters are asking homeowners to help them save homes, property and lives.

On Southeast Bella Road, Lisa Jeffreys has a temporary reminder every time she's in her backyard. A 70-acre fire last Thursday forced Jeffreys and 39 other homes to be evacuated.

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"A little more prepared and take it a little more serious," said Jeffreys.

It should also be a reminder for you at home.

Wildfire Mitigation Specialist Melissa Yunas said it's important to prepare. She says homeowners should create a buffer zone around their homes, especially those living near nature areas.

"Make sure vegetation is away from the wooden fences. Second thing is if a wildfire is threatening, take the time to open the gate," said Yunas.

It's also important to have an emergency evacuation kit.

"Have a three-day supply kit, papers, medicines, and your pets ready to go," said Yunas.

An important reminder this dry season.