Florida historically had a cycle of drought, fire and flood. Wildfires are common in the dry season in Florida, especially in areas with a lot of open brush or trees. Fires may be sparked by lightning or ignited by careless humans who might drive a hot vehicle into dry brush, lose control of a trash fire, fail to make sure a camp fire is completely extinguished or toss a lit cigarette from a car window.
Over Memorial Day weekend there were more than 60 wildfires blazing across the state. In some areas the heavy smoke impaired visibility on roads and those with asthma and other breathing issues were advised to stay indoors.
Wonder where the smoke is coming from? Want to know about smoke that might impair vision before you start out on a road trip?
The Florida Forest Service has an online map that shows the status every active wildfire in the state. Click on a fire icon for the status of the fire including the latitude and longitude of the blaze, the fire size (in acres) and Florida Forest Service containment status. If the fire has been named, this is also on the dashboard.
Active wildfires are listed until they are declared controlled. This data is updated every 6 hours -- 6 a.m., noon, 6 p.m. and midnight.
The map is online at https://www.arcgis.com/apps/dashboards/7c243720c87f4a3482db6ebf77efe99d