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...Cold Front has Moved Well Offshore, Breezy Conditions Expected Today...Dry Air Moving Back in Place...High Fire Threat for Peninsula and Northeast Florida Today...High Rip Current Risk for Some Gulf Coast Beaches...

Updated 9:00 A.M. EDT Tuesday

Yesterday’s cold front has now cleared the state and is moving well offshore. Skies are mostly sunny this morning in most locations, as dry air is moving into the region. Plenty of sunshine today will keep temperatures warmer than yesterday, reaching the upper 70s to lower 80s statewide which is near average for this time of year. No rainfall is expected today. Winds will be west at 10-15 mph with some gusts to 20 mph. Across inland locations, relative humidity values may drop to near 30% for a few hours this afternoon. Conditions this afternoon will once again favor the rapid spreading of wildfires, especially in locations that did not receive any or little rainfall this past weekend.

Tonight, winds will die down to 5-10 mph after sunset. Low temperatures will fall into the 50s inland and 60s along the coast under clear skies. Visibility may be reduced in the vicinity of any ongoing wildfires tonight, particularly between midnight until shortly after sunrise.

A high wildfire threat is forecast today across the Peninsula and Northeast Florida. A moderate wildfire threat is expected elsewhere. With dry air back in place, relative humidity values may drop to as low as 30% for a couple of hours this afternoon across inland locations. Winds will be west at 10-15 mph with gusts to 20 mph. Winds are expected to die down tonight, to less than 10 mph in most locations. A Red Flag Warning is in effect from 11am to 8pm for Glades and Hendry County, with a Fire Weather Watch for Collier County. Baker, Brevard, Citrus, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Lake, Levy, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, St. Lucie, and Seminole counties currently have burn bans in place.

Onshore winds will lead to a high risk for rip currents is forecast for Gulf Coast beaches between Pinellas and Lee County. A moderate risk for rip currents is forecast for Atlantic beaches between Volusia and Martin County, Southwest Florida, the Eastern Panhandle, and parts of the Big Bend. Wave heights will be from 2-3’ along the Gulf Coast, and 2-4’ along the Atlantic. A low risk for rip currents is expected at all other Florida beaches today. Remember, rip currents can still occur on low risk days!


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04/21/17 - Gov. Scott: Trump Administration Approves Request for Fire Management Assistance Grant

Governor Rick Scott announced that the State of Florida received a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which allows the use of federal funds to reimburse response costs to fight the 30th Avenue wildfire and the 18th and Fragipani wildfire in Collier County. Governor Scott requested the FMAG on behalf of the Florida Forest Service. The 30th Avenue wildfire and the 18th and Fragipani wildfire in Collier County have grown to more than 3,400 acres and currently threaten residential areas in east Collier County.

Governor Scott said, “Our firefighters and first responders are working day and night in order to keep our communities safe and we are fully committed to ensuring they have every resource they need in this fight. That is why I requested a Fire Management Assistance Grant from the Trump Administration and I appreciate their swift response in fulfilling this request. The increase in wildfires is an issue the Trump Administration is very focused on. If you are in an evacuation zone, leave immediately. Remember, you can rebuild your home, but you cannot rebuild your life. We will continue to monitor these wildfires and take every available action in order to keep our state safe.”

Trump Administration Approves Request for Fire Management Assistance Grant

04/21/17 - Governor Scott Deploys Florida National Guard Resources In Response To Collier County Wildfires

Governor Rick Scott deployed Florida National Guard resources which have been on standby to respond and assist with evacuations, emergency management and firefighting in Collier County. This follows a briefing at the Greater Naples Fire Station on the 30th Street and Frangipani wildfires in Collier County by local fire officials, law enforcement, the Florida Forestry Service and local emergency management officials. Governor Scott recently directed the Florida National Guard to position a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter on standby for potential firefighting missions. Following today's deployment order by Governor Scott, and the order for the mandatory evacuation of more than 2,000 homes by Collier County officials, this UH-60 Blackhawk and four others will be activated and begin responding to firefighting missions in Collier County. In addition to the deployment of Florida National Guard resources, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) have begun ramping up additional units to assist with evacuations at Governor Scott's direction.

Governor Scott said, "Today, following a briefing with local fire officials, law enforcement, the Florida Forestry Service and local emergency management officials, I have directed the Florida National Guard to deploy additional resources to assist with evacuations, emergency management and firefighting in Collier County. When I declared a state of emergency, one UH-60 was placed on standby. Following my direction today, four more will be deployed for total of five UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters which will be instrumental in firefighting efforts in Collier County. I have also directed the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) to assist with evacuations.

"These wildfires are dangerous and if you're within the evacuation area, do not stay in your home. Be sure to follow the evacuation orders from local officials. If you know of any individuals within the evacuation zone, please reach out to them and make sure they are safe. It is important for everyone in Collier County to remain alert to local news and law enforcement announcements. The Florida National Guard, Red Cross and other emergency responders are securing shelters for families affected by the fires.

"We will continue to closely monitor the situation in Collier County and receive updates from fire officials on the status of these wildfires. The State of Florida will devote all necessary and available resources to fight these fires and keep communities in Collier County safe. We are praying for the safety of all the brave men and women fighting these dangerous fires and will provide further updates as the situation progresses.” 

Due to the ongoing wildfires throughout Florida, Governor Scott declared a state of emergency on April 11 which activated the Florida National Guard. Currently, the Golden Gate Community Center at 4701 Golden Gate Parkway is serving as a daytime shelter. Additionally, the Collier County Bureau of Emergency Service has a fire hotline at 239-252-8444 or 311 for county residents.

Governor Scott Deploys Florida National Guard Resources In Response To Collier County Wildfires

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