81 Brush Fires

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According to the Florida Forest Service there has been a significant increase in brush fires over the last 3 months.

81 brush fires are responsible for damage to 6,363 acres of land in the Miami-Dade area. At the same point during 2014, 51 fires had been documented.

Lightning from summer storms in addition to abnormally dry weather is responsible for the increase of fires.

On July 13, 2015 two brush fires, both caused by lightning, managed to burn upwards of 500 acres of grass.

In addition to lightning the absence of rainfall, humidity, wind and both Sawgrass and Pine Rockland from the Everglades assist fires in their ability to move quickly.

Wildlife fire agencies use the Keetch-Byram Drought Index to determine the dryness of soil;
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