Winter is the dry season in Florida which in WEATHER speak means that it rains just not much or often.

WEATHER #1 Brush fire Lake Hancock

This year there is a 7 inch rain deficit that has just rolled the dry season into fire season.

It doesn’t take much for a controlled burn to get out of hand.

Fortunately this fire was not one that became out of control for days.

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26 thoughts on “WEATHER

  1. We are told that controlled burning is a necessary part of environmental control. But still the sight of smoke rising in the distance is a frightening sight.

    • It is so necessary to keep the environment in balance. The higher winds have added fuel to the fires this year. One county has suspended controlled burns until the rainy season begins because so many acres/personal property has gone up in flames.

  2. Big controversy on controlled burns I think but they been used extensively in Arizona. Not aware of them being used here in Maine.

  3. I have managed many controlled burns and yes they can be dangerous. The lack of manpower and proper equipment, otherwise being careless is a major cause of out-of-control prescribe burns. Smoke always caused me the most concern. Here in South Carolina less and less areas can now be prescribed burned due to political pressure. There is no doubt in my mind the local wildlife is on the side of the licensed prescribed burn. Steve

    • You are so right about smoke being a worry, the fog it produces caused a major traffic incident on I-75 last year. Unfortunately so many departments have had cutbacks the issue of personnel does increase the odds against keeping fire lines current. Today we have some rain hopefully it will be beneficial.

  4. Good preparation before a controlled burn with lots of back-up services should something not go to plan, a much better alternative to an out of nowhere fire that gets going and follows no set route. Hope a little more rain comes your way to keep things even.

    • An ounce of prevention is good – we are getting some rain today hopefully it will be enough to make a difference. Lighting struck by the Space Center 2 days ago and set off a 2000+ acre fire that still wasn’t contained last night.

  5. Mirrors the Top End in Australia. In Darwin they began calling the Wet Season the Green so as not to scare the tourists. Love the burn off in the distance.

    • Compared to some regions this was a small one. The people who live near any of them must be holding their breath until the smolder is out.

    • Thanks Clara, originally I was going to do a tight shot of the smoke when I noticed the cattails and decided to include them.

  6. What a great shot. I love all the detail of the various grasses in the foreground (and that lovely moss in the trees) and then knowing that so much of it is getting burned in the distance. I only just realized that I never had you in my blog feed. Excited to see all of your pictures!

  7. So sorry you are dry there…wish I could send a few snowfalls your way! We need controlled burns here too to rejuvenate the prairie grasses. Conditions have to be just right so the smoke doesn’t cause a driving hazard too. It is amazing to hear the crackle of one of those prairie fires burning…can only imagine the fear it put in the settlers years ago. Your photo is so very nicely framed.

    • You are right on about the conditions need to be just right for prescribed burns they can go bad in a flash. We used to burn trash and one night the field started to catch on fire the crackling is a sound that is unforgettable. Fortunately that had a happy ending because there was a pond and a bucket.

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