Published: Jun 16, 2011 11:39 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 16, 2011 11:32 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Southwest Florida is weathering its busiest brush fire season in at least four years.

"We recognize that conditions are as bad as they've ever been. Our numbers are probably going to reflect that. We're already well above where we were this time last year," Victor Hill of the Division of Forestry said Thursday.

Statewide, the number of wildfires are almost double what they were last year-- topping out at more than 2,700.

Here in Southwest Florida, numbers are also up significantly.

So far in Collier County, there have been 74 brush fires this season. In Lee County, there have been 61 fires this year. Hendry County's had 27 brush fires to date this year.

Typically, June marks the end of peak brush fire season. But without any substantial rain, firefighters are still busier than ever battling the flames.

With the only cure being some much needed rain, the Division of Forestry says it's critical homeowners clear our their yards.

"It's better than just not doing anything at all and giving up on it. When people give up on it because of these drought like conditions, that's when they inadvertently put their homes in even greater risk from these fires," Hill said.

Charlotte County's no exception to the particularly active brush fire season. Charlotte County firefighters were called to 22 seperate brush fires on Wednesday alone.