Wildfires in North Central Florida
The dry breezy weather is great for outdoor activities, but not for wildfires.
"Weather conditions are the key factors in how a wildfire will or will not behave, " says Ludie Bond Wildfire Mitigation Specialist.
The National Weather Service is calling the past six months the second driest dry season on record for some parts of the state. But it's not just the dry conditions that have made this Spring wildfire season especially active.
"We're coming off the winter months where we had freezes, so we know the vegetation is dead and dry fuel," says Ludie Bond.
Fire officials say those conditions primed the Tyler Grade Two Fire that broke out Saturday night. And although it's about 90 percent contained, the fire is still having a big impact on residents near it. Today's strong southwesterly breeze will allow smoke to settle into places like High Springs, Northwest Gainesville, and Northwest Alachua county not only tonight, but for the next several nights.
That's something Jackie Rose of Trenton had to deal with last night. Her home is only an eighth of a mile from the burning debris.
"I'm scared of it. I mean you gotta be scared of fire," says Jackie Rose.
Rose has lived in her home for over twenty years and she and her son weren't taking any chances with this one.
"my sons took the water hose and put it on top with sprinklers just in case we had to turn them on," says Rose.
North Central Florida most likely wont see a consistent rain pattern until June, but along with the rain comes a different fire starter... lightning. Something residents like Jackie Rose need to be ready for all summer long. Lindsay Milbourne tv 20 news.
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