Because of the excess debris, timber, and brush left on the grounds from Hurricane Michael, Jackson County is taking extra precautionary measures due to fire danger.
At a special meeting Tuesday, Emergency Management director, Rodney Andreasen, went before the board of commissioners to advise that the county declare a local state of emergency.
The commissioners agreed to place the county under an LSE for fire danger indefinitely.
Andreasen said because of the number of fires that have already taken place in other parts of the panhandle, it’s only a matter of time before Jackson County sees some.
“I like to be ready, and then I tell people I like to pull the trigger just a little early for hurricanes, for any type of weather system,” Andreasen said. “I want people advised of this and that’s something I really want the Jackson County folks aware of, that the danger’s there.”
Andreasen said, the county is not currently under any burn bans, but reminds everyone to use extreme caution when burning debris.