In March the Florida Division of Forestry responded to 41 reported wildfires. The average, recorded over two decades, is 18 wildfires. More people might be a factor in the increase. Spokesman Gerry Lacavera says almost all wildfires are sparked by human activity.
“the leading two causes – are both associated with people being careless – yard fires, trash fires that people don’t pay attention to and get away from them – the other factor is fires that are intentionally set..”
Lacavera says even barbeque grills and carelessly tossed cigarettes can cause wildfires when conditions are this dry. He says Southwest Florida will remain “in the danger zone” until the summer rainy season begins in June.
Thursday, 13 April 2006 01:00
Fire 2Written by Valerie Alker