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Tree experts say residents need to be extra vigilant to help slow the spread of an invasive laurel wilt fungus attacking redbay trees in Volusia and Flagler counties.
Otherwise, a big part of the area's tree canopy could be destroyed within the next five years, said Ray Jarrett, an environmental specialist with the state's Division of Plant Industry.
'It's really bad,' Jarrett said.
The fungus attacks redbay, sassafras and avocado trees, all in the laurel family.