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Florida Forest Service finally conducting prescribed burns

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Updated: 2/20 10:43 am
CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- The Florida Forest Service is burning 1,400 acres at Bellmore State Forest.

Their goal: to burn underbrush so wildfires have a more difficult time starting up.

Helicopters hovered over flames in the State Forest-- not to put out a fire, but to start one.

They started a prescribed burn officials believe was needed.

"There's predicted to be 1,400 acres. It’s broken into tree, different sizes," said district biologist Brian Camposano.

The Forest Service sectioned off three parts of the Bellmore Forest to be burned.

A forest spokesperson said wildfire season peaks from December to June.

Prescribed burns will prevent wildfires from popping up.

Heavy rains made the ground too damp last month, meaning prescribed burns couldn't happen.
But they said the weather was perfect Wednesday.

“We’re catching up by doing this many acres today. It's been pretty wet and it's been difficult to burn a significant number of acres," said Camposano.

Weather permitting, the Florida Forest Service said they hope to catch up on previous prescribed burns over the next five to six weeks.

The Forest Service said it sees a significant increase in wildfires in March, April, and May.

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