2,100 wildfires have burned in Florida since start of year

David Poletti, with the Florida Forest Service, watches as a fire consumes dry vegetation on the edge of the Cypress Creek Strand swamp basin as the Anclote Branch fire burns Monday, May 8, 2017, in the Starkey Wilderness Preserve in Florida’s Pasco County. (Doulgas R. Clifford/The Tampa Bay Times via AP)

ORLANDO, Fla. — State officials say 170,000 acres in Florida have burned from wildfires since the start of the year.

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said that more than 127 active fires were burning in Florida as of Monday.

Since the start of 2017, there have been more than 2,100 wildfires in Florida.

Putnam says drought conditions and high wildfire danger will continue for some time since May is traditionally one of the driest months of the year in Florida.