Unusually dry Florida winter raises wildfire risk

An arid winter. Longer, hotter days. No rain on the radar.

That meteorological mix has left forests and marshes in South Florida dangerously dry, and set up much of the state for more water shortage worries and months of wildfires.

''This could be one of the worst wildfire seasons in recent memory if things don't change, and we don't think it will change that much,'' said Robert Molleda, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Miami.

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