Florida Forest Service predicts active wildfire season - WFLA News Channel 8

Florida Forest Service predicts active wildfire season

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MOON LAKE, FL (WFLA) -

The 220 acre fire near Moon Lake that started on Monday is contained. Deep in swampy areas the fire still burns, but the danger to homes has been reduced.

Florida Forest Service Area Supervisor Kawika Bailey says this is just the beginning of what might be a very active time for wildfires.

"It's been a very dry winter initially the fire weather forecast predicted a wet winter and that wasn't the case."

The Florida Forest Service says this fire was a series of smaller fires that were caused by the dry conditions and a little help from man.  Bailey says the wild fire danger has stared early.

"Our catastrophic and our larger fires are usually in march but we're starting to see a number of fires now."

And the lack of rain in the forecast means the fires will stick around for a while.

"If we do not receive rainfall between now and the summer rains it's very possible that we will be out there monitoring that fire until June."

Because the fire is expected to burn for the next several months, signs have been put up to warn drivers to be careful with the fog and smoke in the area.

The Florida Forest Service a tropical weather system could help change the fire danger.

"We would like to see that to reduce fire behavior and fire starts obviously we don't want those tropical systems that can cause any type of structural damage or flooding."

Bailey says if you do have an open fire, make sure to have water or some other way of putting out the fire before you leave.

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