Dry conditions heighten fire risk

Dry conditions, steady winds mean higher brush fire risk

Published On: Mar 26 2013 10:25:09 AM EDT   Updated On: Mar 26 2013 02:20:26 PM EDT

Dry conditions combined with steady winds are the prime ingredients for potential wildland fires, and fire officials are urging South Floridians to take extra measures to ensure their safety.

In just a moment, a brushfire can go from “under control” to potentially damaging property. All it takes is a discarded cigarette to set off an enormous and dangerous fire.

Prevention is the key in helping to reduce the number of human-caused fires.

The following tips are offered to protect lives and property:

Wildfires can cause major environmental, social and economic damage. The loss of timber, wildlife habitat, homes and even lives may result from a devastating wildfire.