Florida residents are not strangers to wildfires. In January through May of this year, over 2,000 wildfires have burned over 100,000 acres in Florida.
These wildfires don’t just affect residents immediately next to the burning site. Wildfires leave thick, heavy smoke behind. The smoke lingers in the air and significantly lowers the air quality in the surrounding areas.
Just this month, three Florida counties (Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Sarasota counties) issued air-quality advisories. Here’s why Florida wildfires are a problem and what you can do.