I hope you all had a wonderful end of 2010 with all the holidays and time to visit with family and friends. I am slowly comming out of hibernation.
Wish we could start the new year off with better news however the year is not barely 2 weeks old and there is already news of a couple of firefighter injuries on a wildfire.
Two firefighters injured, three wildfires burn more than 500 acres
HANCOCK COUNTY -- Two volunteer firefighters were injured today in their efforts to put out three separate wildfires that are expected to burn more than 500 acres.
Ansul Jones iwith the Bayside Volunteer Fire Department s undergoing treatment for smoke inhalation at Hancock Medical Center, said Assistant Chief Zeke Hall.
Jerry Welch, also from West Hancock, was treated and released for injuries he received in a traffic accident while on his way to a fire today in his personal vehicle, Jones said.Also its hard to believe with all the snow storms in the news and the cold weather, there are still some areas that are experiencing drier than normal conditions and are bracing for a bad Spring fire season should these conditions persist.
Winter ‘dry season’ brings wildfire risk
The peak months for wildfire activity are March through May in Lee County, and local responders typically deal with wildfires until steady rains set in near the end of June. This year, Southwest Florida is anticipated to have a drier-than-normal spring based on the long-term weather forecast.
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The National Park Service has posted the winners from their photo contest. There are some real great shots here like the overall winner below.