Published: Jan 23, 2014 10:56 PM EST
Updated: Jan 23, 2014 11:12 PM EST

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fl. - A chopper douses a brush fire in Punta Gorda with nearly 3000 gallons of water several times.  The blaze Tuesday off burnt Store Road started small.

"Our first official size was three to four acres, it quickly grew to 20," says Dee Hawkins with Charlotte County Fire and Rescue.

And it continued to grow.  It scorched more than 66 hours.  Patrick Mahoney with the Florida Forest Service says this time of year, the dry ground coupled with low humidity and high winds is a recipe for brish fires.

"With the freezes that we've had lately whatever was alive is now dead... When you start to factor in those things then were looking at a fire moving very quickly and very erratically," says Mahoney.

Since last Friday, forestry officials have responded to seven fires that torched more than a hundred acres through Charlotte and DeSoto counties.  And until we get into rainy season...

"This is going to be a reoccurring thing for us with all the dry vegetation out here so were asking people now to be vigilant be prepared," Mahoney adds.