Southwest Florida above normal significant fire potential

As we transition from hurricane season to our dry season and ultimately our fire season, Southwest Florida is forecasted to see above-normal significant fire potential by the National Interagency Fire Center. That above-normal potential can be traced back to Hurricane Ian after the storm littered the region with dead trees and debris as well as salt-cured fuel from Ian’s storm surge. Meteorologist Andrew Shipley, a wildfire expert in his own right, dug into the lessons learned from Hurricane Michael in 2018 and how they could be applied in the wake of now Hurricane Ian.