With multiple fires burning across north Florida and Georgia, opening my door to a wall of smoke has become a common thing, in what is being reported to be one of the busiest wildfire seasons in recent history.
At one point, Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for Florida, citing the ongoing danger of wildfires and severe drought conditions.
As would be expected, many counties, Baker among them, are under a burn ban and that includes setting off fireworks.
I usually pay less attention to the weather than most, but I’ve been monitoring the daily reports more closely than usual, always hoping for rain to quell the fires.
With cloudless skies and temperatures consistently soaring into the high 90s – last week it reached 100 twice according to the Macclenny weather tower – there seemed little hope for significant precipitation.
CNN News coverage on June 15 reported an astonishing 30-40 new fires erupting daily.
Lightning strikes are to blame for many — not surprising as Florida, on average, is struck by lightning about a million times each year.