Locally based RealtyTrac's heat map shows where in the country foreclosure activity has surged.

IRVINE, CA-As GlobeSt.com reported earlier today, foreclosure filings increased 2% nationally in February from the previous month, reaching a 17-month high in Nevada and an even longer time period in other states, according to a report by RealtyTrac, a locally based online marketplace for foreclosure properties and real estate data. The firm has also released an interactive heat map that shows exactly where in the country foreclosure flare-ups are occurring.

Florida, Nevada and Illinois posted the highest state foreclosure rates in the country. Scroll over the map to see where the hot spots are. *Map courtesy of RealtyTrac.

Although California foreclosure starts rebounded 47% in February from an 88-month low in January, overall foreclosure activity in the state was down from a year ago for the 15th straight month, dropping the foreclosure rate down to #13 nationwide. As GlobeSt.com previously reported, February was the first month since December 2006 where the California foreclosure rate was not ranked among the top 10 state foreclosure rates nationwide.