MELBOURNE, Fla. -- Central and South Florida again could be the
scene of major wildfires later this year, according to state
Division of Forestry officials in Tallahassee.
They are concerned about probable dry conditions coupled with
strong winds and high temperatures during the next few months.
Already in 1999 some 400 smaller wildfires were quelled across the
In 1998, all 67 Florida counties experienced wildfires, some
well-publicized, impacting tourism in areas such as Daytona Beach
and the Florida Space Coast. In fact, there were more than 2,200
wildfires in Florida during 1998.
This year, fire officials are completing research that they
believe will help them predict a wildfire's path. With such
information on hand, deployment of firefighters should improve.