Florida Fire Hazard (EM-3139)
Incident period: April 15, 1999 to May 25, 1999
Emergency Declaration declared on April 27, 1999
Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases
May 13, 1999
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- State officials report Florida's wildfire situation has diminished somewhat due to improved weather conditions. The past week brought much needed rainfall to large portions of the Florida peninsula - enough to bring some areas up to their normal monthly rainfall amount.
April 27, 1999
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reported today that President Clinton has ordered federal emergency aid for Florida because of the extreme threat to populated areas posed by the recent outbreak of wildfires. FEMA Director James Lee Witt said the President took the action this afternoon after FEMA reported that prolonged dry conditions have sparked more than 2,600 wildfires, which burned over 221,800 acres of land and endangered numerous homes within the past two weeks.