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Rain helping North Florida's fire fight

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Updated: 5/03/2013 11:44 pm
NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. -- The non-stop rain isn't all bad news.  Right now, the fire danger sign at the Florida Forest Service office in Nassau County reads "low."

"This is wonderful! This is the wettest May I can remember," said Annaleasa Winter with the Florida Forest Service.

While the days-long storms are a headache for most, this is the best case scenario for the Florida Forest Service as we enter into the peak of wildfire season.

"Typically we have a lot of lightening caused wildfires this time of year because we are just coming out of the dry season and we get a lot of thunderstorms, afternoon, dry lightening," she said.

Right now in our area, no fires are burning. But I'm told it will only take two weeks of dry conditions to change that.

"We'll see what happens end of May and early June but for right now things are looking very good for us," Winter said.  "If it stops raining now and it's dry through the rest of may and June we could be busy again later on in the fire season."

Winter says its still important to use extreme caution if you do any outdoor burning. Even though its wet a fire still can grow out control.

To date so far this year 1,280 fires have burned almost 25,000 acres statewide.  That's down almost 5,000 acres from last year.
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