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Florida fire season 2017 has potential to be worse than 1998

April 26, 2017

The air is hot and the ground is dry and the Florida Forest Service predicts an above normal Significant Wildland Fire Potential.

In fact, Assistant Fire Chief Ralph Crawford, tells News 96.5 we are already experiencing more fires than in 1998.

“One of the main differences between now and in 1998 is that in this time in 1998 we did not have the fire activity that we are currently experiencing nor the drought. “ Crawford said. “ We are actually a little worse off because we are dry than we were back then.”

Despite a lot of rain, firefighters not taking California fire season lightly

April 26, 2017

Even though record-breaking rainfall brought California’s long-lived drought closer to manageable levels temperatures will soon spike, and some experts believe the 2017 California fire season may challenge the severity of last year’s record.

Florida wildfires draw attention to climate change

April 25, 2017

The wildfires burning across the state of Florida this month highlight the increasing danger a changing climate poses in the southern United States for this type of catastrophic event.

Wildfire risk is generally perceived to be a western United States problem, and the majority of major insurance losses caused by wildfires to date have occurred in California; but southern U.S. states have been plagued by wildfires in recent years, including the more than 100 wildfires actively raging across Florida this month.

Fighting wildfires and steps to prevent new ones

April 24, 2017

Roughly 100 wildfires are burning about 75,000 acres, and our Florida Forest Service wildland firefighters are working side by side with partner agencies to battle these fires and protect life, property and wildlife. On Friday, Collier County had to evacuate approximately 7,000 homes due to a massive wildfire. We've not seen fire conditions this bad since 2011, and we have wildfires burning from the state line to Miami.

The east coast is in the hot seat

April 24, 2017

The forest fire burned for four days last November. On the fire’s second day, crews of federal, state and local firefighters boarded buses beyond the fire’s farthest reach. There, they created a fire line, using hand tools, leaf blowers and blowtorches, a local newspaper reported. At one point, authorities considered bringing in helicopters to dump water on the fire.

Florida declares state of emergency as wildfires scorch parts of state

April 11, 2017

Gov. Rick Scott said the proclamation will make it easier for state, regional and local agencies to "quickly work together to protect our families, visitors and communities" as authorities battle more than 100 wildfires around the state.

UT professor using award money to warn of wildfires

April 10, 2017

The University of Tennessee professor who predicted the devastating Sevier County wildfires of late last year has won an award.

The university has named Henri Grissino-Mayer a James R. Cox professor, and with that comes $25,500 over the course of three years.

Devastation from Wildfires Still Burns Across TX, OK, KS

April 03, 2017

Some of the worst wildfires on record raged across the Texas panhandle, Kansas plains, and Oklahoma countryside in March. Although fires are contained, the effects are not as easily extinguished.

Devastating. That’s how Danny Nusser, regional program leader for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service described the wildfires.

Dry Conditions Spark Wildfires, Parch Wheat Across Central U.S.

March 09, 2017

Spring warmth and dry conditions came early to the central U.S. leaving emerging crops thirsty for rain and touching off fires across the region.

The 3,100 acres (1,255 hectares) of winter wheat on Michael Peters’s farm in Okarche, Oklahoma, have begun to develop about 10 days ahead of schedule amid the above-normal temperatures, he said. While showers last month aided the crop, it was followed by warm, windy weather that pulls moisture from the soil meaning the young plants will need another rain soon.

Smokey Bear is right: 84 percent of wildfires are caused by humans, new study finds

March 06, 2017

So about 84 percent of the time, it’s true what Smokey Bear says: Only you can prevent wildfires.

That’s the number researchers attribute to human causes of the conflagrations, the Press-Enterprise newspaper of Riverside, California reported Sunday, citing a new study on the matter.