Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
The Florida Forest Service in cooperation with the University of Florida, Archibald Biological Station, and National Park Service (Everglades and Big Cypress) is collecting Live Fuel Moisture data statewide.
Live fuel moisture is the amount of water contained in a living plant expressed as a percent as opposed to the moisture of dead plant material (usually found on the forest floor). The amount of moisture in a living plant plays a pivotal role in how well a plant will burn OR will not. Most of Florida’s native species also have oils and resins that contribute to their tendency to burn so this along with the fuel moisture is a consideration. All of this is dictated by how much rain you have had OR not. This information is also used in the Fire Danger Calculations and the ERC (Energy Release Component) values. True live fuel moisture values vs. calculated can be very useful in keeping the ERC value that is used in the fire danger calculation accurate or at least close. The more collection sites the better.
NOTE: To bring up images of the collection sites and other information, select a collection site (indicated by red dots) on the map below.