It’s About Florida: Wildfires

May 3, 2012

Wildfire season is kicking off with as many as 90 fires burning throughout Florida. Forest Service Director Jim Karels says state and federal firefighters are working together to protect the state, but it’s hard to keep up, especially under the current drought conditions.



Florida Forest Service Director, Jim Karels

Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner and the head of the state’s Division of Forestry are warning Floridians to be aware of an increased risk of wildfire danger. As Sascha Cordner reports, all of Florida is now facing drought conditions.

During a wildfire update to Governor Rick Scott and his Cabinet, officials heard that Florida is at a huge risk for wildfires:

“100-percent of the state is in a drought, this is as about Thursday, Friday, and  twelve-percent of the state is in an exceptional drought.”