|Published:||Jun 14, 2011 9:35 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jun 14, 2011 9:35 PM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Governor Rick Scott's decision to mobilize personnel and equipment across the state could signal wild fire and drought conditions will worsen in the coming weeks.
Locally, the number of wildfires are double what they were this time last year. Forestry officials blames the uptick on a dangerously late start to the rain season.
"We had a whole lot rain a lot earlier and even though we didn't have a ton of rain last year we certainly had a lot more than we have now," said Victor Hill with the Division of Forestry.
Right now, more than 300 wildfires are burning across the state and have scorched more than 115,000 acres.
The governor's order frees up resources and equipment for local agencies to use in fighting a wildfire.
All of this happening as firework stands get ready to open for business for the 4th of July. Workers at one stand in Lehigh Acres say they're warning customers to be extra careful where they set off fireworks.