Continued Dryness, Continued Risk

By: Florida Division of Forestry Release
By: Florida Division of Forestry Release

Tips for a safe Labor Day

•    Stay with your grill until cooking is completed and fire is put completely out.
•    Dispose of used charcoal in safe containers.  Do not dump into the woods.
•    At gatherings, avoid parking cars over tall grasses.  Heat exchange from the car may cause grasses to ignite.
•    Build campfires only in designated areas.

Tallahassee, Florida - August 30, 2011 -

Few of us would argue that wildfire is a year round threat in Florida. Heavy coastal winds, low humidity, continuing dry conditions, and frequency of rainfall are a few of the elements that contribute to this risk

One tool used by the Florida Forest Service to indicate the dryness of the soil and surface fuels is the Keetch-Byram Drought Index or KBDI. A 0-800 numeric scale is used whereby a value of “0” indicates total water saturation and “800” indicates dry, arid desert-like conditions. Tallahassee’s six county region currently has an average score of 621, making us one of the driest regions in the state. Over this past weekend several small fires occurred on the Apalachicola National Forest. Heavy winds, low humidity and continued drying conditions contributed to their cause.

Wildfires continue to occur in our region. The Florida Forest Service urges the public to continue to use caution when using fire outdoors.

Continued dryness calls for continued efforts to prevent wildfire in the Tallahassee area. Please help us by having a safe Labor Day weekend.

For more information contact your local area forestry station or visit us at

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