WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A wildfire in Broward County, Fla. has consumed at least 4,000 acres of very dry saw grass. The lightning-induced blaze threatened several trailer parks and fish camps on Tuesday. State officials used aircraft to survey the area.
Firefighters from Broward County Fire and Rescue and the State Forestry Division were called in to fight the fire. No homes have been threatened.
Despite recent rains, fire prevention remains a very high priority across Florida. The U. S. Forest Service has deployed four specially trained Wildfire Prevention Teams to the state to deliver information programs to help reduce human-caused fires. These teams are encouraging homeowners to take precautions to protect their property. The teams assigned to the Ocala and Osceola National Forest have organized partnerships with local community organizations and businesses to help educate the public on the hazardous fire conditions.
The National Interagency Fire Coordination Center reports very high and extreme fire conditions continue in Michigan, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Very high and extreme ratings were also reported for Maine, New Hampshire and Louisiana. Arizona and New Mexico are of particular concern for increased fire activity as temperatures remain high with little or no moisture anticipated and ground fuels continue to dry out.