High winds, low humidity limit effects of recent rainfall
MILTON, Fla. – Officials with the Florida Forest Service’s Blackwater Forestry Center are issuing words of caution as high winds and low humidity have all but negated the effects of
this week’s rainfall.
Thursday brought winds upwards of 25 mph in much of
the three-county area and the forecast calls for extremely low humidity through Sunday. When combined, these factors dry out smaller vegetation such as grass, shrubs and small limbs and debris that while great for backyard burning of yard trash, can increase the chances of a wildfire.
“We’re certainly not in an extreme fire situation, we’re simply urging caution,” said David Smith, Operations Administrator for Blackwater. “Spring is the peak of Florida’s fire season and we want people to be aware of the potential.”