Florida Forest Service, Officials in Brevard County Battle 470-Acre ‘Halfway Fire’
By Space Coast Daily // May 5, 2023
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Florida Forest Service and local county officials are currently battling a 470-acre brush fire named ‘Halfway Fire’ located east of the St John River, N. of Highway 50 and S. of Salt Lake Wildlife Management Area.
Officials say the fire is inaccessible.
No structures are threatened at this time.
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Nearly half of Florida is covered in forests, land that is both fire-dependent and fire-prone. As the population of the state continues to increase, most communities are part of the wildland urban interface, meaning they are near forests and wooded areas and are at risk for wildfire.
Florida might be known as the Sunshine State, but it is also the lightning capital of the United States. Underlying dry conditions along with high temperatures and thunderstorms have the potential to spark wildfires.
However, lightning is not the only cause of wildfires in the state.
Humans are the leading cause of wildfires in Florida.
There are many tools that can help reduce the chances of a catastrophic wildfire, including creating defensible space around your home, safely burning yard waste, utilizing prescribed burning, and reporting a potential wildfire or suspicious arson activity.