Dry conditions, lack of rain could cause wildfires
Ethan Magoc / WUFT News
Paynes Prairie suffered from drought for much of 2012.
Florida has not received a heavy dose of rain in more than a month, prompting concerns about potential wildfires. Cooler weather causes dry air conditions, which leaves the underbrush vulnerable to wildfire.
The components that can create wildfires are: relative humidity below 35 percent, lack of rainfall for two weeks or longer and strong, dry winds.
Ludie Bond, a wildlife mitigation specialist, said the winter months are typically considered grassfire season in Florida because cooler weather causes the grass to burn.
“If you look around North Central Florida right now, all of the prairies and grassy areas are brown and dry,” Bond said.
Residents should use caution when lighting fires around grassy areas. There are not any burn bans in the state of Florida, but the dry conditions will cause vulnerable fields to burn easily, Bond said.
Mina Radman edited this story online.
More Stories in Local
On Wednesday, emergency shelter Grace Marketplace opened its first dorm for the homeless. Residents must adhere to criteria, but the dorm offers a more permanent housing option.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is fighting to decrease hunger and sustain the health of Florida residents. The FDACS has created a new digital map to help locate and determine which areas of Florida have the least amount of access to food and resources.
The Community Redevelopment Agency plans to break ground next year on NW First Avenue, the street a block north of University Avenue bordering the businesses in Midtown.
The Waldo City Council voted 4-1 in favor of dissolving the local police
department on Tuesday night. The city noted negative publicity and outdated equipment as concerns, but ultimately, it was a lack of funding that led to the disbanding the police department.
According to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, some charities spend as much as 99 percent of funds raised to help fulfill their mission statement while others funnel the same portion into administration costs.