Drier conditions could result in a fire hazard

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – Big Bend and South Georgia have had a good taste of fall since the start of last week, but drier conditions could lead to a risk of fire as well as the development of drought .

Tallahassee has not received any measurable rainfall since mid-September. Until Tuesday, the city had not recorded rain for 23 days, according to data taken from NOAA.

The lack of significant rainfall was not limited to Tallahassee. The entire viewing area hasn’t received much rain since mid-September, according to the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Tallahassee.

The forecast does not call for much, if any, precipitation over the next seven days. Beyond a week, the Climate Prediction Center called for equal chances of above, near and below normal precipitation over the next six to 10 days for Big Bend and South Georgia.

Upcoming observations and trends have kept the wildfire danger somewhat elevated according to the National Weather Service with low relative humidity readings expected Thursday and Friday.

The Drought Monitor levels released last week showed “dry” conditions in parts of southwestern Georgia. Drought Monitor’s next update is scheduled for Thursday.

The National Weather Service recommends clearing dry brush around the house and being careful where a car is parked (on tall, dry grass). Burning is not encouraged as long as dry conditions remain.

There were reports of a wildfire along County Road 30A in Gulf County on Wednesday evening, according to a social post from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Officeand that US Hwy 98 was the only passable route.

This story has been updated to add the Gulf County wildfire on Wednesday night.

Martin E. Berry