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Commissioner Adam Putnam to Tour East Polk County Fire, Discuss Heightened Wildfire Danger Across Florida

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Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam will be in Polk County Friday morning to tour the Highway 630 fire, which has burned approximately 2,000 acres in the Indian Lake Estates area, and discuss heightened wildfire danger across the state. Commissioner Putnam and the Florida Forest Service will be available to media to discuss ongoing efforts at the Highway 630 Fire as well as wildfire conditions.

Event: Media availability with Commissioner Adam H. Putnam

Date: Friday, Feb. 17, 2017

Time: 9:30 a.m.

Location: Indian Lake Estates Golf & Country Club
95 Red Grange Boulevard
Indian Lake Estates, Florida

Forecasts predict hotter and drier conditions than normal throughout the state in the coming months, and wildfires are anticipated to increase throughout the state due to these conditions.

There are more than 50 active wildfires currently burning throughout Florida. Since January, the Florida Forest Service and its partners have responded to more than 466 wildfires that burned more than 9,400.

The Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, manages more than 1 million acres of state forests and provides forest management assistance on more than 17 million acres of private and community forests. The Florida Forest Service is also responsible for protecting homes, forestland and natural resources from the devastating effects of wildfire on more than 26 million acres. Learn more at FloridaForestService.com.

 

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