Florida Wildfires "No End in Sight"

Florida Wildfires

Florida Wildfires "No End in Sight"

The smoke is likely drifting south from a smoldering wildfire that has scorched almost 2,300 acres of the Starkey Wilderness Preserve at the juncture of State Road 54 and the Suncoast Expressway just north of Hillsborough County's border with Pasco County.

Commissioner Adam Putnam said in a news release that almost 125 active wildfires were burning Monday morning.

Meanwhile, in Thonotosassa in northeast Hillsborough County, another wildfire has scorched more than 200 acres of Flatwoods Park, shutting down I75 for several hours on May 6.

Gov. Rick Scott on April 11 declared a state of emergency across Florida due to the increased wildfires, a move meant to make it easier for agencies to share firefighting resources.

Florida's forecast fire indices paint a bleak picture of the situation affecting the state in an unusually dry spring, as shown in this map from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Officials are asking people to obey burn bans.

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said in a news release that almost 125 active wildfires were burning Monday morning.

"Florida wildfires have burned almost four-and-a-half times more acreage under state jurisdiction than the same time previous year", said S. Kinley Tuten, a spokesperson for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, according to USA TODAY.

While much of the United States has seen reprieve from drought conditions in recent months, the situation has worsened significantly across Florida since February, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

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