A new wave of campers are heading home, but who’s going?
This week, the Coast Guard issued an alert to residents of Palm Beach County about the growing number of camp sites along the East Coast.
The Coast Guard says it received two reports of camp fire in Palm Beach and Broward counties in late July.
The latest was in Broward County on Aug. 31.
Campers are reporting an increase in fires.
The National Weather Service says there are more than 2,000 campsites along the coast and they are spread across 1.4 million acres.
Many of those campgrounds are located on private property.
The Forest Service says most of the fires are small brush fires, but that some are bigger.
“This is a very significant problem for coastal communities in terms of fire hazard and loss of property,” said Forest Service spokesperson Ryan Kucera.
The agency has not issued a fire threat for Palm Beach or Broward.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says that most of these fires are accidental and are not a cause for concern.
In addition, there are thousands of other fires burning across the state.