This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about wildfires. For this time of year, there have been more of them than usual in Martin and St. Lucie counties. According to the Florida Forest Service, the current dry season, which began in October and continues until June or July, is drier than usual. And there is more vegetation than usual for wildfires to feed on. We received a lot of rain the past two years, causing vegetation to flourish. Winds from Hurricane Matthew knocked additional vegetation to the ground. The Forest Service advises us to be careful when barbequing, disposing of cigarettes and operating all-terrain vehicles and golf carts. The St. Lucie Fire District says we should avoid all open burning, including backyard fire pits. It doesn’t take much to start a wildfire. This is Paul Janensch.