Mother Nature Not Helping Firefighting Efforts
Division of Forestry resources are stretched thin because dry conditions, changes in wind direction and not much rain have helped fires start, then grow across North Central Florida.
Thursday alone, there were ten new blazes, most were caused by lightning.
This year's weather pattern is one of the reasons fire conditions have been so active.
2010 ended on a dryer than usual note, and so far in 2011 we haven't seen much in the way of rainfall.
Most counties in our area are under a near drought and to make matters worse, the little rain we have seen has been accompanied by lightning.
Division of Forestry spokesperson Ludie Bond says each days forecast is critical to firefighters safety and suppression efforts.
Firefighters will continue to have a tough time containing the flames until we see a significant about of rainfall.
Spring tends to be a dry season in Florida, but usually the rainy season kicks in during June, so far that has not happened.
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