Severe Weather Awareness Week: What to know about wildfires and extreme temperatures
Severe Weather Awareness Week is an opportunity for Floridians to learn about the various weather hazards that frequently impact the state and how families and businesses can prepare for these natural events. Each day focuses on a specific weather event. Friday’s topic is temperature extremes and wildfires.
7 surreal photos: Wildfire smoke blankets San Francisco in a spooky orange glow
A number of Northern California wildfires sent a thick, orange-glowing haze over the San Francisco area Wednesday, leaving the Bay in an eerie darkness. A fire burning in Butte County, located northeast of San Francisco, has forced thousands to evacuate from their homes, according to The Associated Press. (2020 Getty Images)An orange glow fills the sky above the Embarcadero in San Francisco. (2020 Getty Images)Smoke from various wildfires blankets the San Francisco skyline in darkness and an orange glow, seen from Treasure Island in San Francisco. (2020 Getty Images)An exterior view of the ballpark in San Francisco, California.
Recent wildfires spark interest in fire safety and resources
When determining fire risk, there are multiple variables that come together, including precipitation, relative humidity and wind and drought conditions. The Fire Danger Index map is a quick way for Florida residents to check the risk in their county. The first thing that weve got to look at is how many days since significant rainfall, so what is significant rainfall to us? Chase says that the Fire Danger Index is a quick reference guide to determine if you should burn or not. Burn bans across the state of Florida from the Florida Forest Service (Florida Forest Service)Both human elements and lightning are the main contributors to wildfires in the state of Florida.
Drones could help fight invasive species, wildfires
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Drones could be deployed in state efforts to manage invasive species and address wildfire threats, under a proposal unanimously approved Wednesday by the House. “Currently, in the state of Florida we are facing an epidemic of invasive species destroying our local ecosystems, including the Everglades,” said bill sponsor Jason Fischer, R-Jacksonville. Law enforcement is also prohibited, with certain exceptions, from using drones to gather evidence or other information. Fischer’s proposal would allow the Florida Forest Service to use drones to mitigate the threat of wildfires on public lands. “Drones may be a more cost-effective way and more efficient way than current practices,” Fischer said.
Volunteer to knit mittens, pouches for koalas injured in Australia wildfires
SYDNEY – With nearly 500 million animals killed in the Australian wildfires, volunteers are needed to help knit mittens and joey pouches for koalas and kangaroos who have survived. The group crochets, knits and sews mittens for koalas whose paws have been burned, and pouches for orphaned kangaroos, reports WTVT. For those looking to help the animals, the Animal Rescue Craft Guild shares PDF designs with its members who use them to produce the mittens and pouches. A North Carolina group is also collecting homemade donations and sending them to the animals in need. The Carolina Waterfowl Rescue put out a list of what items are needed the most.
These celebrities are donating money to the Australian bushfires
The bushfires in Australia are still ravaging parts of the country and are wreacking havoc on small communities and rural towns. The damage has been devastating and news of the bushfires has spread overseas with many activists and celebrities sharing photos of the devastation on social media. There are many different places where you can donate money to help with relief, and many celebrities have shared donation links and even donated themselves. I am totally devastated watching what is happening in Australia right now with the horrific bushfires. Another Australian actor, Russell Crowe, who is in Australia right now, posted that he donated $105,000 to firefighters.
What we know so far about Yellow Bluff Fire
The Forest Service first reported about 3 p.m. Wednesday that firefighters were working two wildfires off U.S. 17 and Yellow Bluff Road. The south fire was 40% contained by the Forest Service at that time, but it burned into the marsh. The Florida Department of Agriculture is assisting the Forest Service with the investigation into the cause. On the ground and in the air, crews are working around the clock to contain the Yellow Bluff Fire. Winter told News4Jax late Thursday afternoon that three spots of the Yellow Bluff Fire jumped over I-95 at some point.
Nassau County school bus schedules affected by wildfire
NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. – A 450-acre wildfire that shut down I-95 for 11 miles in both directions Friday had an impact on school bus schedules in Nassau County. Nassau Emergency Management tweeted Friday that because of severe traffic in the Yulee area, buses serving U.S. 17 and adjoining streets experienced up to one-hour delays in bus pickup times. VIEW: Interactive Traffic Map and live DOT camsYulee Middle School officials told News4Jax that they were expecting a lot of students and school buses to arrive late Friday. I-95 reopened in both directions just before 11 a.m. Friday. MORE: Traffic detours affecting holiday travel through Northeast Florida
Zac Lashway: Trip deep into woods offers perspective on wildfire
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Yellow Bluff Wildfire is impressive on so many levels. I spent nearly eight hours Thursday deep in the woods at the scene of the fire, talking to people who live close by. One property owner, Earl Allen, let us on his property to gain an up-close perspective of the destruction of the fire. “The smoke starting to come our way is starting to affect our breathing a little bit, but we’re doing fine," Allen said. Emergency responders, Florida Forest Service, FHP and JFRD, to name a few agencies, are doing an amazing job keeping people safe.
Alligator Alley reopens after wildfire prompted closure
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. – Alligator Alley was closed Monday afternoon due to a wildfire, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The fire near mile marker 41 forced the closure of a 57-mile stretch of the highway, according to Lt. Greg Buneo of FHP. Eastbound traffic was directed off the highway at Exit 80, and westbound traffic was diverted to Exit 23. The westbound entrance ramp from Exit 49 remained open, but the eastbound entrance was closed for several hours before reopening about 9:30 p.m.
Wildfire preparation: What you can do now
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Wildfire season is here and in full effect with the West Mims wildfire consuming 225 square miles along the Florida-Georgia border and expected to rage on for months. Follow these tips to reduce your risk from wildfire. Each of us can play a role in making our communities safer from wildfire. Practice using both evacuation routes in case one is blocked by smoke or fire. Wildfire burned more than 5.5 million acres in the U.S. last year.
Hot forecast brings riskier weather for firefighters
Heat can often bring on heart attacks and strokes with 44 percent of all fatal accidents due to cardiac arrest. Through the end of the week temperatures will climb into the mid 90s with record heat. Drought dropped the swamp levels to critically low levels and now oily palmetto plants add fuel to the fire. It is directly related to the 24-hour, potential worst case available energy to fuel a fire at the front head. Currently the fire is 130,000 acres compared to over 310,000 acres consumed by fire between April through July of 2011.