When a campfire burns, it produces smoke.
The smoke is dangerous, but not for humans.
The risk is even more serious for the animals that live in the campfire.
There are about 3 million animals living in the U.S. with severe respiratory infections caused by the camp fires.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the vast majority of those infected have died.
And the problem is getting worse.
The number of camp fires burning in Florida climbed from more than 1 million in 2000 to more than 4 million in 2016, according to the CDC.
The trend was not a surprise to Michael Campos, a Florida state senator and the state’s only Democrat in Congress.
“I didn’t think it was a huge problem until I started to investigate it, because we were the only ones in the state of Florida,” Campos said.
Campos has been working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to find solutions.
The commission has been collecting data on camp fires since 2011.
“We are trying to make it easier for people to know what’s happening and where they are, so they can take action,” said Jennifer Pazos, who oversees the state parks agency’s forest services division.
In 2016, Florida recorded 638 fires in the Florida Keys, the largest number in the country.
The fire season in the Keys, which is known for its harsh weather, runs from November through March.
It is also one of the most popular outdoor recreation destinations in the world, with more than two million visitors.
In 2017, the state recorded nearly 3,000 camp fires in Florida, including 1,766 fires in Palm Beach Gardens, the biggest increase in Florida in that time.
“Campfire numbers are on the rise in Florida and across the country,” said Pam Hennigan, a fire expert at the Natural Resources Defense Council.
In Florida, there were 5,932 camp fires last year, an increase of more than 30 percent.
In Broward County, which encompasses Miami, Palm Beach, Lake Mary and the Keys in Florida’s Everglades, camp fires increased by more than 40 percent from 2015 to 2016.
“It is a very real threat to the environment,” Hennigans said.
The Florida Keys has one of America’s most complex wildfire ecosystems, with millions of acres of forest and grassland burned each year.
The fires can be fueled by lightning, drought, fires and other factors, according a 2016 study by the University of Florida.
The study found that a quarter of the fires in that region have been ignited by lightning and the fire season has been shortened by two months.
Florida has more than 200 fire-related deaths per 100,000 residents, more than any other state in the nation.
And it has more camp fires per capita than any state, according the Centers for Environmental Protection.
The problem is exacerbated by a lack of enforcement of laws protecting wildlife.
Many states have enacted laws to prevent firefighting, but Florida has failed to follow through.
In 2018, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) did not include the impact of campfires in its annual fire season reports.
The department said it is working with local governments to revise its reporting.
In a letter to the state, FDLE said the department is working on a new reporting system and expects to complete it this summer.
The state agency did not respond to CNN’s request for comment on the department’s proposed changes.
Florida’s fire-prone landscape also contributes to the high death toll.
The CDC reported that in 2016 there were 1,891 deaths in Florida due to campfires, including 962 deaths from heat stroke and 542 deaths from respiratory infections.
In Palm Beach County, a county of about 10,000 people in South Florida, the CDC reported about 1,906 campfires that year.
In Pinellas County, another county in the Everglade National Park, there was one death from campfire, the first in Pinellos since 2009.
“This is not the time for us to be complacent and not look at it as an issue of safety,” said Kevin M. Johnson, president of the National Association of State Fire Chiefs.
“The fire season is really critical.
It really is the only time when people are actually going to be able to enjoy their summer,” Johnson said.
“So we have to make sure we are protecting that and ensuring the fire protection and safety for people, as well.”
As the U,S.
Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Florida Legislature continue to look for solutions, Florida officials have focused on improving enforcement of rules and regulations in the fires.
Florida became the first state to ban camping in June 2017, following a request from the National Park Service (NPS) and other environmental groups.
The ban was extended in 2018 to include campfires.
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has also been working to improve campfire restrictions, including setting up