Drought conditions continue through most of Florida. Governor Rick Scott, on April 11, issued a state of emergency in Florida due to the recent increase in wildfires and continued high potential for additional brush fires to develop across the state.

Lower than normal winter rainfalls have caused Indian River County to experience extremely dry conditions.Moderate winds, low humidity, and dry vegetation are a concern for the spread of brush/wildland fires.

The Keetch-Byram Drought Index utilized in this state, uses a scale from zero (extremely wet) to 800 (near-desert conditions). Indian River County’s drought index has been more than 500 for approximately two weeks and as of today the overall average County drought index is 559.

Effective today, Indian River County has declared a local state of emergency due to the ongoing danger of wildfires. A county-wide burn ban prohibits all outdoor burning that has not been specifically permitted by the Florida Forest Service. Bonfires, campfires, and the burning of vegetative (yard) debris is prohibited until further notice.

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