SEBRING — As the grasses and vines with shallow roots green up with the recent rainfall, the Florida Forest Service, Okeechobee District, wants to remind residents to be vigilant with wildfire prevention. According to the Keetch-Byram Drought Index, inadequate rainfall has depleted the moisture content in deeper rooted fuels, such as shrubs and trees.
“Larger diameter trees will take a longer time to regain moisture compared to shallow rooted grasses. In addition, most of Florida’s native plants have oils and resins that contribute to the susceptibility for burning,” a Forestry news release states.
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