|Beware of Wildfires|
|Wednesday, 27 March 2013 13:14|
Florida Forest Service
COLD FRONTS & WILDFIRES............
Dry season and cold fronts increase wildfire potential!
The Okeechobee District of the Florida Forest Service encourages residents not to burn yard
debris (leaves and small limbs) and to use caution with anything that could start a wildfire.
Know the wildfire warings signs: When the humidity is low, meaning that there is a low
amount of water vapor in the air, wildfires are more likely to start. The higher the
humidity, the less likely the fuel is to dry and ignite. Winds aid a wildfire's progress.
Faster wind speed, the faster a fire will spread, and the more intense it will be.
Winter wildfires will initially be smaller in size due to wet season in summer and fall.
The Florida Forest Service uses the Wildland Fire Danger Index (FDI) for
estimating the potential for a fire to start and require suppression action on any
Go to www.floridaforestservice.com/wildfire/information.html to find the Fire Danger
Index (FDI), Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI), and maps of active wildfires or
authorizations. You can also find wildfire prevention tips and Florida burn laws.
For more information about weather and wildfires, please contact your
local Florida Forest at (863)462-5160 or vist www.floridaforestservice.com