Nov 7, 2013

Water is fire's best friend

This chart shows the relationship between the eco-hydrology of the Big Cypress Swamp and its drought severity status.  When water levels are high, wildfire severity is low.  When water levels are low, wildfire severity is high.  Where is it currently?  Answer: Still soggy (P1).  In a healthy swamp, water stays on the ground (in the natural low spots) through most of the dry season, helping contain wildfires when they start and lowering their intensity, too.  

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