Are Wildfires a Risk in Florida?


You don’t have to look too far to realize that over the past few years, wildfires have become a big problem in the United States. Thanks to issues stemming from climate change, as well as problems related to the electrical grid and random human mistakes (tossed cigarette butts, improperly used fireworks, etc.), the potential for wildfires in multiple parts of the country has significantly increased. Basically, living anywhere with a hot, dry climate, or in communities constructed around large swaths of wildland, is now a wildfire risk. Of course, some parts of the country are particularly bad in this regard, such as California. But what about right here, in the state of Florida?

Assessing This Year’s Florida Wildfire Season

Traditionally, fire season in Florida has been thought to last roughly from mid-March to late May or early June. However, considering how intense the 2021 fire season has already been, it is possible that wildfires will continue to be a danger in Florida throughout much of the summer. Of course, there are parts of the state where wildfires are either a greater or lower risk. For instance, the Hillsborough County/Tampa area is usually less likely to suffer from persistent wildfires. Northeastern Florida, i.e. the area around Gulf and Jackson Counties, tends to face greater wildfire hazards in comparison to the rest of the state. And this year, even Southern Florida, around the Miami-Dade and Broward areas, is at a greater risk for wildfires.

Basically, it all comes down to moisture. Florida is extremely hot, but it is also extremely humid, meaning there is always a good amount of moisture in the air. Lower humidity levels make it more difficult for fires to burn for very long, which is why regions like the extremely humid Gulf Coast tend to be less of a risk for fires overall than hotter, dryer climates. Florida also receives a ton of rainfall (the fourth most of any state in the country,) which helps it experience fewer wildfires than other hot places like California, Arizona, and other states out West.

Protect Yourself Against Fire Damage with FP Property Restoration

While the risk of wildfires in the state of Florida may not be as great as it is in other parts of the country, it is still important to protect yourself during fire season and beyond. That’s why at FP Property Restoration, we offer a range of options to help take care of fire damage in your home. From fire and smoke cleanup to contents restoration and repairs, we provide all the services you need to prevent wildfires from affecting your property in the long run. Call today to learn more about what our fire damage team can do for you, and remember that FP Property Restoration is available 24/7 for emergencies.

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