Environment

Cumberland Island National Seashore Updates Park Closure

Cumberland Island National Seashore Updates Park Closure

 

Cumberland Island National Seashore will remain closed to visitation through Wednesday, May 30, 2012 due to remnants of Tropical Storm Beryl.  Further closures will be determined daily based on the severity of the storm, its aftermath and conditions on Cumberland Island and surrounding waters. 

Cumberland Island Fire Holding at 45 Acres

Cumberland Island Fire Holding at 45 Acres

 

Yeaterday morning around  7:00 A.M. Cumberland Island National Seashore Fire Management Officials were notified by Camden County 911 of visible smoke. 

When firefighters arrived on scene, they found a small fire burning in mixed vegetation including grasses and trees in the Willow Pond area.  Firefighting crews including the National Park Service, Camden County Fire and Rescue and Georgia Forestry, responded quickly to contain and monitor the blaze. 

Summer May Be Gone but Mosquitoes are Not

 

The weather may be cooling off but that doesn’t mean that mosquitoes aren’t still around and potentially carrying West Nile Virus (WNV). Both WNV and Eastern Equine Encephalitis are transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitoes and can cause mild to serious illness. Mosquitoes that carry the West Nile Virus are more likely to bite during the evening, night and early morning.

Mosquitoes: More this Year than Last Year?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  Peggy Munsey and her dog Gunner head out for their morning run each day, and every time, there's a pesky disruption.

"Yeah, they're very bad in this area," said Munsey.

The mosquitoes around her Clifton Road neighborhood in Jacksonville are unbearable and her neighbors agree it's the worst they've seen.

Jacksonville's Mosquito Control is tracking increasing calls for service on maps. In May, there were about 300 calls for service.  In June, that number doubled, and already in July, calls for service have exceeded 600.

"It's very irritating.  I was just talking to a neighbor yesterday and said, can you call the mosquito people because I've already called them twice," said Munsey.

Richard Smith, mosquito control superintendent, said he thinks the number of service requests will top 5,000. "That's a lot of service requests," he said.

Wildfire Danger: How Can Parents Help Calm Their Children?

Wildfire Danger: How Can Parents Help Calm Their Children?

Massive wildfires continue to rage throughout Northeast Florida.  The chance of potential evacuations remains high.  Many children are seeing television or newspaper reports about the risk of wildfires. Because of these factors, the Florida Department of Children and Families is issuing expert tips from Child Guidance Center to help parents address their children’s concerns.

Ant-Filled Yards Pose a Danger

Ant-Filled Yards Pose a Danger

With summer here and Jacksonville’s current dry spell, fire and pavement ants become a nuisance to gardeners, and even a danger to humans.

It doesn’t take long for ants to take over your lawn and claim residency in a home or business. Experts recommend treating fire and pavement ants as soon as they are spotted.