The Weather Channel had an interesting story this weekend about two wildfires that burned in the Florida Panhandle last week. The fires were attributed to dry, windy conditions combined with abundant fuel that was composed of downed trees and debris left over from Hurricane Michael in 2018. You may recall that Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, FL and caused tremendous damage to the pine forests along the coast there. Many of the trees were just left there because there was not enough equipment to harvest it and the market was glutted by all the trees that were down and in salvageable condition. You can watch the story and read more at Crews Battle Two Large Wildfires in Florida Panhandle | The Weather Channel – Articles from The Weather Channel |

Crews battle a fast-moving wildfire in Bay County, Florida, on Friday, March 4, 2022.
(Bay County Sheriff’s Office)