Lee County has a high risk of wildfire when entering the dry season

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Wildfire season is back and Lee County now has the highest wildfire risk in Florida. The dry season has only just begun, but fire officials say they have seen people make dangerous decisions.

On Monday, video from Lehigh Acres Fire showed a burned vacant lot just feet from the house. Officials said it was preceded by fireworks.

“Very close. There’s a house in danger. That’s scary right now with how fast a broom flame spreads,” Katie Heck told Lehigh Acres Fire.

From an eighth to a quarter of an acre in the blink of an eye, that’s how quickly Lehigh firefighters spread. On Monday, you can still see fireworks left on the ground.

“It was crazy, I thought it was children playing, that’s the first thing I said. Those are the kids,” said Vanessa, a Lehigh Acres resident who lives a few blocks from where it happened.

This is not the first time children have caused fires in her neighborhood, she said. In fact, she had to use one herself before.

“I felt like someone was about to get hurt, which was pretty bad, because I watched videos of people getting burned,” she said.

Usually, vacant lots are a safe place for people to set off firecrackers, but when you combine them with the highest fire risk in the state, things can get dangerous.

“Now is the time during the summer while we are in this dry season, just be cautious, think more carefully about what you do that could cause a fire,” added Heck.

While it’s still early in the dry season, that doesn’t make fires any less dangerous.

https://nbc-2.com/news/local/2022/02/01/lee-county-has-high-wildfire-risk-heading-into-dry-season/ Lee County has a high risk of wildfire when entering the dry season

Tom Vazquez

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