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FL Wildfire Season
  • Florida has about 5,000 wildfires each year, with the most active time of the state’s 12-month wildfire season occurring March through June
  • On average, Florida experiences the second highest number of wildfires in the nation. During dry years, Florida experiences severe wildfires—wildfires that destroy homes, disrupt people's lives and impact our economy
  • Prescribed fire is a cost effective tool to reduce fuel buildups which can cause dangerous wildfire conditions, thus providing increased protection to people, their homes and the forest
  • Escaped Debris Burning is one of the leading causes of wildfires in Florida.
  • Approximately 20 percent of all wildfires in Florida are the result of escaped yard trash fires (tree leaves and branches)
  • It is illegal to burn household garbage including paper products, treated lumber, plastics, rubber materials, tires, pesticide, paint, and aerosol containers
  • About 25 percent of all wildfires are intentionally set, making arson a leading cause of wildfire in Florida
  • Fire behavior depends a lot on weather conditions. Wind can dry out grass, leaves, tree limbs and yard debris, creating substantial sources for a wildfire. Wind can also cause the fire to spread quickly
  • High temperatures, low relative humidity, high/low atmospheric pressure and lack of rainfall contribute to wildfire

For the latest wildfire information for the State of Florida, please visit the Florida Forest Service.

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