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AHeneen
02-23-2009, 10:36 PM
It's only February and there have already been several modest sized wildfires in the state. Just today houses north of Tampa had to be evacuated due to a large wildfire. The problem is...wildfire season is usually late April through early May!! And we've got until mid-June before any kind of significant rainfall occurs. Furthermore, a greater-than-usual number of frosts the last few months have killed lots of vegetation...everything is brown already. The last three years have seen the driest period since the 1950s. The map below shows the drought index (on a scale of 0-800). Again, we won't get anything more than a sprinkle here and there until June (it's not unusual to get just .5-1in of rain in March or April).

http://flame.fl-dof.com/fire_weather/images/kbdi-mean-state.png

Not looking too good for the Sunshine State...

SarasotaRepub
02-25-2009, 07:47 PM
Hopefully the usual morons that start fires all died in the frosts. :mad::D

tacitus
02-26-2009, 09:39 PM
Crap my wife and I were looking forward to spending a week in Fort Myers Beach!

SarasotaRepub
02-27-2009, 11:12 PM
Crap my wife and I were looking forward to spending a week in Fort Myers Beach!

Have no fear, the fires never get there. Usually. :D

If you go over to Sanibel/Captiva have lunch at the Mucky Duck (http://www.muckyduck.com/).

tacitus
02-28-2009, 10:35 AM
Thanks we will check it out.

AHeneen
02-28-2009, 11:34 AM
Thanks we will check it out.

Yes, the Mucky Duck is definitely a restaurant worth a visit!

Space Gravy
02-28-2009, 12:38 PM
Good luck everyone. I dreaded fire season when I lived there.

FlaGator
02-28-2009, 01:00 PM
Good luck everyone. I dreaded fire season when I lived there.

Fortunately for us Floridians it never gets as bad as other places like California. The worse year was '97 but that was a aberration.

SarasotaRepub
02-28-2009, 01:07 PM
Fortunately for us Floridians it never gets as bad as other places like California. The worse year was '97 but that was a aberration.

Yeah, I remember that year. I had a friend who went to Daytona during the worst of it. The hotel he was staying at was deserted except for firefighters.

Space Gravy
02-28-2009, 01:15 PM
Fortunately for us Floridians it never gets as bad as other places like California. The worse year was '97 but that was a aberration.

Spring 2000 was bad too where I was at. The Golf Course in my neighborhood caught on fire Memorial Day Weekend.

Shannon
02-28-2009, 03:32 PM
Fortunately for us Floridians it never gets as bad as other places like California. The worse year was '97 but that was a aberration.

'97 was horrible! I couldn't even leave my house for a couple of days.:(

Elspeth
02-28-2009, 07:28 PM
Fortunately for us Floridians it never gets as bad as other places like California. The worse year was '97 but that was a aberration.

With our drought, a lot of us are worried...:(

AHeneen
03-01-2009, 06:13 PM
According to this (http://www.theledger.com/article/20090228/NEWS/902280319/1374?Title=Fire-Season-Prepare-For-Worst) article, there have already been 560 wildfires this year (just 2 months!)...compared with 480 for ALL of 2008. And of course, wildfire season is April-June!!

Bubba Dawg
03-01-2009, 07:44 PM
I drove north from Dayton on US 1 a couple of weeks ago. I was amazed at how much development there was around Bunnel and Palm Coast. If I remember correctly that area burned pretty badly in 97. Lots more houses now.

FlaGator
03-01-2009, 09:18 PM
I drove north from Dayton on US 1 a couple of weeks ago. I was amazed at how much development there was around Bunnel and Palm Coast. If I remember correctly that area burned pretty badly in 97. Lots more houses now.

And you didn't stop in and say hello? I live just a couple of blocks off of 295.

FlaGator
03-01-2009, 09:20 PM
Yeah, I remember that year. I had a friend who went to Daytona during the worst of it. The hotel he was staying at was deserted except for firefighters.

NOAA actually had satellite photos that showed the plumes rising over the larger fires between Daytona and St. Augustine. I had one of the photos as a background on my PC for a long time.