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Dry Conditions and Brush Fires Threaten Properties in South Florida

It looks like we’re heading into one of the driest seasons in the history of South Florida…At least that’s what the South Florida Water Management District said this week. According to officials from the district, the area is in the midst of its driest season in the last 80 years.

As a result, Palm Beach County has been hit with 29 brush fires since December, as compared to only four during the same period last year. As a matter of fact, the number of brush fires in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, which are part of the forestry division’s Everglades District, is more than twice the number for the same period last year.

Lightning Is Not The Usual Suspect

Authorities are no longer considering lightning the cause for the increment in the number of brush fires striking the area: the source may be found in human activity…Therefore, they are asking people to be extra careful because the severe drought has created the “ideal” situation for brush fires to occur: dense build up of very dry “underbrush” (pine needles, trees and other dead plants) which, when coupled with water shortages make it even harder to combat the fires.

People Will Be Held Responsible For Starting Brush Fires

According to a similar report in the Palm Beach Post, one of the county’s Fire Rescue arson investigators recently declared that 17 people have been arrested between October and February for starting brush fires. Under the law, any person found guilty of starting a wildfire is not only subject to criminal charges, but is also responsible for the damage the fire causes to land and property, as well as for the resources spent in putting it out. Homeowner’s insurance may cover such losses as well.

Legal Help Is At Hand

If you or a loved one have sustained a loss of property as a result of a brush or wild fire and you want to make a homeowner’s insurance claim, or if your claim is being investigated and your carrier wants you to give a statement under oath, you should immediately contact a law firm experienced in handling these cases. With more than 60 years of combined experience in dealing with serious injury and property claims, the Law Offices of Greenberg Stone and Urbano stand ready to help you deal with the aftermath. Visit our website to learn more about our firm and contact us today for a free consultation. We will help you deal with insurance companies to make sure you get the equitable compensation you may be entitled to.

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