It’s no secret that Florida has been hot and dry lately, and with those conditions have come more than 100 wildfires and counting, including one that sparked Friday in Hardee County.
A wildfire burning in west Hardee County on Friday afternoon measures about 30 acres and is about 50 percent contained, according to Patrick Mahoney, public information officer for the Myakka River District of the Florida Forest Service.
The fire, burning near Vandolah Road and Dink Albritton Road, threatened a home and a business at one point, but is no longer a threat, Mahoney said.
Smoke from the fire was visible on radar around 2:30 p.m., a tweet from Mahoney noted.
The Raintree fire continues to burn in Sarasota and DeSoto counties. It has now burned 1,950 acres in DeSoto County, 118 acres in North Port, and 56 acres in Sarasota County, according to Myakka River District officials.
As of Thursday, the fire was 80 percent contained.
There are 113 total Florida Forest Service active wildfires as of Friday morning, according to the Florida Forest Service.
As of Sunday, there have been 121 fires in the Myakka River District — which includes Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, DeSoto and Hardee counties - that have burned more than 6,700 acres, according to Mahoney. On the drought scale, the district measures in at a 646.
Manatee County is a 668 on the index, with 17 percent of the county measuring above 700, according to the Florida Forest Service. The index ranges from 0 to 800.
A burn ban is in effect in Manatee County.
To date, there have been more than 2,000 fires in the state, according to the Florida Forest Service.