According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), wildfires are an increasing threat in the United States. More than $81 billion in damage was reported across the country between 2017 and 2021. By definition, a wildfire is an unplanned fire that burns in a natural area such as a forest, grassland, or prairie. Wildfires are often caused by human activity or a natural phenomenon such as lightning, and they can happen anytime and anywhere. Wildfires can cause significant damage and disrupt critical infrastructure including utilities, transportation, communications, and other vital services. FPREN treats wildfires in Florida in similar fashion to hurricanes and other significant public safety events, working to ensure Florida’s public media and their audiences are kept apprised of the latest information about current and potential events.

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