Hurricane Irma affects fire intensity

PALMDALE — Over the weekend, county and state firefighters suppressed three large wildfires in western Glades County. Hurricane Irma had toppled many large pine trees in Glades County, increasing the size, complexity and intensity of all three of these wildfires because of widespread destruction of vegetation. “The extra vegetation on the forest floor adds more […]

Hurricane Irma effects fire intensity

PALMDALE — Over the weekend, County and State Firefighters suppressed three large wildfires in western Glades County. Hurricane Irma toppled over many large pine trees in Glades County increasing the size, complexity and intensity of all of these wildfires due to widespread destruction of vegetation. “The extra vegetation on the forest floor adds more fuel […]

Prescribed burning to prevent arson-caused wildfires on Lake Okeechobee

MOORE HAVEN — Within the last two weeks, Glades County Fire Department and the Florida Forest Service contained several arson set wildfires on Curry Island on the western part of Lake Okeechobee. In an effort to prevent future wildfires from igniting, a prescribed burn is planned for April 4, weather permitting. Under the right weather […]

Reducing wildfire risk on Lake Okeechobee

MOORE HAVEN — The Florida Forest Service in collaboration with South Florida Water Management District, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be conducting a prescribed burn on Friday, March 2, weather permitting. The prescribed burn will consist of approximately 7,000 acres of dried-out marsh on the rim of […]

Reducing wildfire risk and improving ecosystem health on Lake Okeechobee

MOORE HAVEN — As Lake Okeechobee’s water level drops to fifteen feet, the Florida Forest Service in collaboration with South Florida Water Management District, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will conduct a series of prescribed burns around the western shore of Lake Okeechobee, weather permitting. The initial burn […]

Drought information

    Drought Information from Bryan William – FL Forest Service’s Meteorologists. Around 82 percent of the state still remains at least “abnormally dry,” and around 66 percent of the state remains under some sort of drought. We will be getting some relief next week, as rain chances look to range between 30 percent and […]

Hutto wildfire reported to be 90 percent contained

State Wildland Firefighters from the Florida Forest Service responded to a wildfire two miles east of US Highway 27 and North of State Road 29 on May 18 at 1:49 p.m. Firefighters experienced high fire behavior as 17 miles per hour wind gust spread the wildfire west. Drought has depleted the vegetation of moisture making […]

Wildfire has been contained at 90 percent

GLADES COUNTY — On May 17, at 8:49 a.m., Melissa Yunas of the Florida Forest Service reported the Crane Island wildfire is now 90 percent contained. State Wildland Firefighters from the Florida Forests Service and South Carolina Forestry Commission used firefighting bulldozers to establish a control line the entire 4,408 acre wildfire. Switching winds, drought, […]