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Multitude of wildfires burning in Florida
5/16/2017 12:00:00 AM



CATEGORIES:
Fire
AFFECTED AREAS:
Florida
Alachua County, FL
Baker County, FL
Bay County, FL
Bradford County, FL
Brevard County, FL
Broward County, FL
Calhoun County, FL
Charlotte County, FL
Citrus County, FL
Clay County, FL
Collier County, FL
Columbia County, FL
DeSoto County, FL
Dixie County, FL
Duval County, FL
Escambia County, FL
Flagler County, FL
Franklin County, FL
Gadsden County, FL
Gilchrist County, FL
Glades County, FL
Gulf County, FL
Hamilton County, FL
Hardee County, FL
Hendry County, FL
Hernando County, FL
Highlands County, FL
Hillsborough County, FL
Holmes County, FL
Indian River County, FL
Jackson County, FL
Jefferson County, FL
Lafayette County, FL
Lake County, FL
Lee County, FL
Leon County, FL
Levy County, FL
Liberty County, FL
Madison County, FL
Manatee County, FL
Marion County, FL
Martin County, FL
Miami-Dade County, FL
Monroe County, FL
Nassau County, FL
Okaloosa County, FL
Okeechobee County, FL
Orange County, FL
Osceola County, FL
Palm Beach County, FL
Pasco County, FL
Pinellas County, FL
Polk County, FL
Putnam County, FL
Saint Johns County, FL
Saint Lucie County, FL
Santa Rosa County, FL
Sarasota County, FL
Seminole County, FL
Sumter County, FL
Suwannee County, FL
Taylor County, FL
Union County, FL
Volusia County, FL
Wakulla County, FL
Walton County, FL
Washington County, FL

Start Date: 1/1/2017 - End Date: 5/16/2017
Since the start of 2017, more than 2,100 wildfires burned 170,000 acres in Florida as the dry winter contributed to a busy fire season. In all of 2016, roughly the same number of wildfires burned about 53,476 acres. As of May 15, there were more than 127 active fires in the state. WJXT-TV CBS 4 Jacksonville (Fla.), May 16, 2017 Florida has endured more than 2,000 wildfires this year, burning more than 150,000 acres. More than 100 blazes were active on May 8. “Florida is in the middle of its worst wildfire season in years – with no end in sight.,” said Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in a prepared statement. Ocala Star-Banner (Fla.), May 8, 2017 On the morning of April 28, the Florida Forest Service reported 99 active wildfires in Florida scorching 28,621 acres, apart from the 107,346 acres of fire affecting federal land. Pinellas Beaches Patch (St. Petersburg, Fla.), April 28, 2017 In Florida, there were 106 wildfires charring 124,000 acres as of April 19, as the fire season got off to a brisk start. The Florida fire season has not yet peaked, according to Jim Karels, director of the Florida Forest Service, who noted that the state was seeing an “active early fire season.” The fire season tends to peak in April, May and June, with the worst often occurring in May and June. Daytona Times (Fla.), April 20, 2017 Ninety-seven active wildfires were burning in Florida on April 13, with 28 fires affecting 100 acres or more. Since the start of the year, more than 126,000 acres burned on state and federal lands, according to the Florida Forest Service. Fort Myers News-Press (Fla.), April 14, 2017
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