Drier than average conditions in Northeast Florida for this time of year mean an already significant risk of wildfire.
“We have had several weeks without any measurable rainfall- just some light rain here, light rain there,” says Wildfire Mitigation Specialist Annaleasa Winter.
She says that small amount of rain combined with gusty winds and the current drought conditions means it only takes some small sparks to create a problem.
“Get out there and clean that debris off your roof, out of your gutters. Pine straw, leaf litter, twigs- all that away from your home,” she says.
Winter says this kind of kindling just increase the risk of fire, especially around the home. She says the vast majority of fires this time of year happen because of people, not lightening, so you need to be careful.
Even a small spark, like one that could come when you start a car or a lawn mower, could cause a fire, so be sure to check that your spark arresters are properly installed and all other mechanics in good condition.