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Florida Fires

By: Skyepony, 4:57 AM GMT on June 13, 2006

Florida Fires Current Situation
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Yesterday's fire reports are in~ 5 new fires burned 13.7 acres. The exciting part though is we have 97 active fires left burning on 11,298.8 acres which means Alberto has reduced our uncontained fires by almost 1/2.

I'm laying the FL Fires blog to rest for now & discontinuing updates to focus on a Horses & Hurricanes blog I've been wanting to do.

florida fires daily update


192 (Osceola) fire update~Tropical Storm Alberto's downpour across Osceola County was not enough to extinguish a 250-acre muck fire that has been smoldering for more than a week at U.S. Highway 192 and State Road 429, near the tourism corridor.

Fire officials, who evaluated the site after the storms dissipated, said the rain was good but not great.

"It's just going to take more than that to put it out," said Tom Donohoe from the Division of Forestry, who estimated that two inches of rain fell in the area. "If we get into our normal rainy pattern, then it will eventually go out."

The fire is contained, but there are parts that are burning up to three feet underground, he said. At its worst, the fire, which was sparked by lightning, produced enough smoke and forced officials to close down a half-mile stretch of U.S. 192 over the weekend. Since then, the smoke has subsided considerably, he said.

"The worst part of that fire is the odor of the smoke," Donohoe said.

Fire officials will continue to monitor the area.

~ Post Alberto~ We still got 138 fires burning that aren't 100% contained on 18,527.5 acres. Compared to Saturday's 198 fires burning on 21963.7, Alberto put out 15% of the states fires. Looks like mostly the smaller fires. Perhaps it helped give the upper hand to the firefighters to get a bunch more under control in the next few days.

Wednesday East Central fl weather~ high near 90�, wind to 15 mph, humidity goes a little lower ~ to 60% by 2pm, 60% chance of rain in the late morning through the evening.
Link to Melbourne Radar.

Tuesday's new fires
~2 burned less than one acre total.

Monday's new fires

4 new fires burnt 1.4 acres, 171 uncontained fires are burning on 20450.5 acres at this time in FL.

Looking at the active fires map~ south fl is good. East & west central as well as the northeast part of the state have little change from the other day & could use some seriously soaking rains.

Sunday's new fires
~County : VOLUSIA Location : I-95 NB x[MM239.0] [OSTEEN]
~County : VOLUSIA Location : I-95 N x[SR-442] [EDGEWATER]

9 new fires for the day consumed 28.2 acres in the state. Best fireday in a while~ Thanks TS Alberto!

Saturday's new fires~
~County : BREVARD Location : I-95 NB x[MM232] [MIMS]
~County : OSCEOLA Location : US192 x[SR429] [KISSIMMEE] roads closed
~County : VOLUSIA Location : MAYTOWN RD [3754] x[SB I-95 WOF] [OAK HILL] smoky
~Fl had 35 new fires on 147.7 acres. There is 198 active (not 100% contained) fires burning on 21963.7 acres.

Check for current central Florida road closures & fires here

Check for current roads closures & fires for the entire state of Fl here.

~link to the current Orlando Fire Complex & Brevard County Media Releases.

All the active fires in Florida~ wild or precribed, burning presently.
Florida Division of Forestry's Fire Management ~ interactive map~ click on ~ FMIS Mapping System.

Link for big active wildfire updates

Okaloosa County Emergency Management's updates

Volusia/Flagler Gov't fire info page

USFWS & Brevard County Emergency Management

National map of hazards & watches

credit NOAA

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