Fires at Orange, Lake, and Seminole Counties Produce Smoke and Ash

Seminole County is experiencing the most severe impact due to shifting winds.  Authorities say the fire will help with “various land management goals.”

Smoke and ash are being produced by a prescribed burn in the area.

Several 911 calls have been received by Seminole County Fire Department reporting smoke and ash, mainly in Altamonte Springs, Forest City, Longwood, and Wekiwa Springs.

The wind shifts, so other areas could encounter similar problems, as such officials are urging residents not to call 911 to report any smoke spotted as soon as possible.

Please call 911 if thick flames or smoke are visible.

Currently, Florida is at the peak of the wildfire season, which lasts from March to June.

Meanwhile, there is no drought in central Florida right now, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor Service.

According to the Florida Forest Service, over 7,700 acres of land have been consumed by 40 active fires as of Thursday.

“Recent rains have secured our status as drought-free in Central Florida, though as you travel south into Highlands, Hardee, and DeSoto counties, a moderate drought develops,” FOX 35 Meteorologist Brooks Garner stated.

“Severe drought exists in Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, Glades, and Palm Beach counties.”

Gardner said dry weather isn’t unusual for late May as this marks the end of the dry season.

“The rainy season develops in Orlando around May 27, when daily afternoon deluges ease drought conditions as sea breezes collide. Historically, Florida isn’t free from persistent drought,” Garner said.

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