Florida Fires

By: Skyepony , 4:57 AM GMT on June 13, 2006

Florida Fires Current Situation
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Yesterday's fire reports are in~ 5 new fires burned 13.7 acres. The exciting part though is we have 97 active fires left burning on 11,298.8 acres which means Alberto has reduced our uncontained fires by almost 1/2.

I'm laying the FL Fires blog to rest for now & discontinuing updates to focus on a Horses & Hurricanes blog I've been wanting to do.

florida fires daily update


192 (Osceola) fire update~Tropical Storm Alberto's downpour across Osceola County was not enough to extinguish a 250-acre muck fire that has been smoldering for more than a week at U.S. Highway 192 and State Road 429, near the tourism corridor.

Fire officials, who evaluated the site after the storms dissipated, said the rain was good but not great.

"It's just going to take more than that to put it out," said Tom Donohoe from the Division of Forestry, who estimated that two inches of rain fell in the area. "If we get into our normal rainy pattern, then it will eventually go out."

The fire is contained, but there are parts that are burning up to three feet underground, he said. At its worst, the fire, which was sparked by lightning, produced enough smoke and forced officials to close down a half-mile stretch of U.S. 192 over the weekend. Since then, the smoke has subsided considerably, he said.

"The worst part of that fire is the odor of the smoke," Donohoe said.

Fire officials will continue to monitor the area.

~ Post Alberto~ We still got 138 fires burning that aren't 100% contained on 18,527.5 acres. Compared to Saturday's 198 fires burning on 21963.7, Alberto put out 15% of the states fires. Looks like mostly the smaller fires. Perhaps it helped give the upper hand to the firefighters to get a bunch more under control in the next few days.

Wednesday East Central fl weather~ high near 90´┐Ż, wind to 15 mph, humidity goes a little lower ~ to 60% by 2pm, 60% chance of rain in the late morning through the evening.
Link to Melbourne Radar.

Tuesday's new fires
~2 burned less than one acre total.

Monday's new fires

4 new fires burnt 1.4 acres, 171 uncontained fires are burning on 20450.5 acres at this time in FL.

Looking at the active fires map~ south fl is good. East & west central as well as the northeast part of the state have little change from the other day & could use some seriously soaking rains.

Sunday's new fires
~County : VOLUSIA Location : I-95 NB x[MM239.0] [OSTEEN]
~County : VOLUSIA Location : I-95 N x[SR-442] [EDGEWATER]

9 new fires for the day consumed 28.2 acres in the state. Best fireday in a while~ Thanks TS Alberto!

Saturday's new fires~
~County : BREVARD Location : I-95 NB x[MM232] [MIMS]
~County : OSCEOLA Location : US192 x[SR429] [KISSIMMEE] roads closed
~County : VOLUSIA Location : MAYTOWN RD [3754] x[SB I-95 WOF] [OAK HILL] smoky
~Fl had 35 new fires on 147.7 acres. There is 198 active (not 100% contained) fires burning on 21963.7 acres.

Check for current central Florida road closures & fires here

Check for current roads closures & fires for the entire state of Fl here.

~link to the current Orlando Fire Complex & Brevard County Media Releases.

All the active fires in Florida~ wild or precribed, burning presently.
Florida Division of Forestry's Fire Management ~ interactive map~ click on ~ FMIS Mapping System.

Link for big active wildfire updates

Okaloosa County Emergency Management's updates

Volusia/Flagler Gov't fire info page

USFWS & Brevard County Emergency Management

National map of hazards & watches

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6. Skyepony
3:23 AM GMT on June 16, 2006
LakeWorthFinn~ Thanks for the bump & the thought & congrats on your freedom from the daily grid!

FLCrackerGirl~ Thanks for the pond info...good point on the water. We have well that we test, outside misses the softener. It's like 5 days exposed to full sun for city water to rid it of the Clorine.

Split the taddies into more buckets, freshened water. Fishy ate the rest of the tadpoles in his pool, but loves it. I think he'll be an inside outside fish, depending on the weather...like the cat.

Fresh pony pics...pony nappy time.
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5. LakeWorthFinn
2:42 PM GMT on June 15, 2006
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4. FLCrackerGirl
10:23 PM GMT on June 14, 2006
Goldfish Really Shouldn't Eat Tadpoles. Even if the fishies try nibbling on the taddies, it's just because they're curious. If you're concerned, buy smaller (younger) fish or a few black goldfish. Younger fish will learn to co-habitate.

For Any Bloggers/Lurkers Thinking of Creating a man-made Pond & Are Going to stock with fish... Please Have Your Water Tested By A Local Pet-Store, Fish Supplier or County Extension Service. (Usually a Free Service).

Water PH & Trace Minerals vary wildly (especially in Central Florida). Your fish's health depends on it. "Tap Water" from municipality sources often contain clorine, floride &/or fungicides an are determental to fish.
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3. Skyepony
6:51 PM GMT on June 14, 2006
Ogal's 1st! The exterior of the house looks like nothing ever happened but a beautiful window. So now that we could take a storm, work has slowed. Need walls & windows for the potting shed & a new bathroom on the otherside.

Grapes of Wrath was awesome, hardly set it down for the second 1/2. The start set in the dust bowl, people being tractored off their land with the banks being the monsters & noone person to blame. It likens to the possibility that some day people could be forced to migrate because of global warming & oil companies would be the monsters. & as far as migrations around the country since 1933, it's timeless. The treatment by people who's area they invade, much of the same ideas prevail today (after Katrina though not as bad as the illegals), though thankfully living conditions have improved for migrant workers. It provoked me to ask the parents about my grandparent's stories in that time of change & budding labor unions. Pretty neat stuff. Back to the book...the ending was quite a suprise...never saw that coming.

FLCrackerGirl~ Thanks for all the great, local pond info. Might get that book for my mom who is forever struggling with her pond(& give it a skim). This is like a maybe 3 gallon, the beta has made home in the vinyl caves & is covered against birds, by a temperary vinyl siding roof. Right on with the thinning, there are survivours! Thinking of bring him in & trying this goldfish idea...sure they won't eat the tadpoles? I was leary with the beta but the fish expert was so reassuring...lol
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2. FLCrackerGirl
4:44 PM GMT on June 14, 2006
Sky, My Sister (in West Vero) recommends Swordtail Mollies & Good Ole Goldfish for Pond Starters. Inexpensive, Look Pretty & Eat a tremendous amout of mosquito larvae. Shouldn't bother tadpoles either.

According to her, tadpoles are NOT the best fix for mosquito control (unless you have spring frog taddies). Tadpoles are better for controling algae build-up in ponds. An exorbatent amount of taddies will increase nitrogen content though, leading to fish-kill & some really Stink-Y water.

Beta (Siamese Fishing Fish) are really territorial, probably ate test tadpoles to "thin-out-the-herd". Betas are not really suited to outdoor ponds. They Make Expensive Sushi for Local Water Fowl (herons).

Other Good Fish for Mosquito Control (for Central Florida/Zones9-10) are Gambusia (easy care albeit a little mean) & Angelfish (pretty & for good summer-time; can be pricey, but lots of great deals on-line & local wholesalers in FL).

Sister Highly Recommends This Book:

by Helen Nash is the Bible for Creating & Maintaining Ponds.
photo Courtesy of Amazon.com


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1. OGal
10:48 AM GMT on June 14, 2006
Wow, am I first?? Skye just remember to eat. Have you finished the Grapes of Wrath? I agree, a great book. Is your house fixed? Hope so, now that we are getting into the rainy time of the year. Make it a great Wed, and lets hope the end to all the fires is near.
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