TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) --
Florida survived the hurricane season unscathed but now faces another threat from Mother Nature: wildfires.
State officials marked the end of the hurricane season on
Tuesday by warning dry weather could mean a destructive wildfire
season lies ahead.
Emergency Management Director David Halstead said current
drought conditions resemble 1998. That was the most severe wildfire
season in recent Florida history.
State meteorologist Amy Godsey said cooler than normal water
temperature in the Pacific Ocean, known as the La Nina phenomenon,
resulted in an above average hurricane season although Florida
dodged the storms. Godsey said La Nina now, though, causing dry
conditions in the Southeast.