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Rainfall Eases Wildfire Threat, But Officials Urge Caution

A wildfire burns Sunday, March 6, 2022, in Panama City, Fla. (Michael Snyder/Northwest Florida Daily News via AP)
A wildfire burns Sunday, March 6, 2022, in Panama City, Fla. (Michael Snyder/Northwest Florida Daily News via AP)

Panama City, Fla. (AP) -- While rainfall has improved conditions across much of the Florida Panhandle, state officials said Thursday that the volume of dead trees and vegetation left by a Category 5 hurricane in 2018 remains a threat for additional wildfires.

Without additional significant rainfall, the debris left on the ground by Hurricane Michael will quickly dry out and serve as fuel for wildfires, the Florida Forest Service said in a news release.