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Rain to Lessen Dry Conditions in Florida

The first week of February left 91.37 percent of Florida rated as abnormally dry by the U.S. Drought Monitor.

For much of the state, the dry conditions have steadily increased since October, when the entire state was rated as having no drought conditions at all.

All of this may change over the next few days as rain makes it way across the state.

"The rain that is now falling in the northern part of Florida will taper off by Thursday morning," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Andy Mussoline. "A band of rain will move over central and southern Florida for most of Thursday and Friday."

Any rain will help improve dry conditions, which is good news when it comes to the risk of wild fires.

The state of Florida experienced 3,007 fires from June 1, 2012 to Dec. 31, 2012. During that time, 67,784 acres of land burned, according to Joe Zwierzchowski, Wildfire Mitigation Specialist with the Blackwater Forestry Center.

"Over the past 6 years, Florida has averaged 151,466 acres burned and 3,500 fires, so 2012 was a better year with less fires," said Zwierzchowski.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, The week ending Feb. 5, 2013 showed an increase of a 1.12 percentage point over the previous week.

The peak of the wildfire season in Florida is in April, according to Zwierzchowski.

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