Firefighters 'Fired Up' Over Wet Weather

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By James Buechele
July 17, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Firefighters were waiting for a day like Wednesday.

"It's just perfect burning conditions for growing season and burning which improves the habitat for the ecosystem," said fire management officer Steven Parrish.

"This year we've had more moisture so we've been able to get closer to the number we desire which is approximately 100,000 acres we like to burn here on the [Apalachicola National Forest]."

The U.S Forest Service burned more than 1,300 acres off of Springhill Road near Trout Pond. Crews started preparing before 10 a.m.

"Firefighters have been paying close attention to the forecast in the last couple weeks waiting for that ideal day to have a prescribed burn."

Crews pay close attention to the forecast to find out when the ideal conditions for a burn will exist.

"We actually look two, three four days in advance out at the weather" said fuel technician Aaron Edwards.


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