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Motorists driving in Wakulla County should watch out for smoke, after a prescribed burning in the Apalachicola National Forest Monday.

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Motorists driving through Leon County should be careful in the next couple of days, due to lingering effects of Monday’s prescribed burning in the Apalachicola National Forest.

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Drivers should be careful as they drive through the Leon County area Monday and Tuesday. A prescribed burn of the Apalachicola National Forest could leave the area a bit smoky.

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Governor Rick Scott is declaring a state of emergency as more than a hundred wildfires flare across the state. With drought conditions spreading and more hot weather ahead, there’s little indication the blazes will slow down.

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The original date last month was rained out, but Education Coordinator Brian Wiebler  confirmed the Tall Timbers Research Station’s yearly Fire Festival will be taking place this Sunday, Feb. 19

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is hosting prescribed burning workshops for private landowners in North Florida.

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Hurricane season may have just started, but Florida officials are also warning Floridians about the increased risk of wildfire danger around this time of year.

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The Florida Forest Service has treated more than 246,000 acres with prescribed burns since last August. That surpasses the national record.

This Red Cockaded woodpecker is listed as endangered.
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They live in trees, hammer constantly, and are also represented by a wily, and beloved cartoon character. The woodpecker is a key feature of North Florida, and researchers are looking into how fire helps some woodpeckers continue to thrive.

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With a hotter, drier summer fast approaching, the threat of wildfires is looming. But, not all fires are bad.

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is looking for community partners to help it protect gopher tortoises.  A meeting scheduled for Wednesday will offer a chance for local governments and the public to learn more about supporting the threatened species. 

Gopher Tortoise Program Coordinator Deborah Burr says the tortoise plays a much bigger role than its stolid demeanor might suggest.

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The US Forest Service is holding prescribed burns in the Apalachicola National Forest. 

Just south of Tallahassee, a team of Wakulla District rangers are using driptorches – those handheld metal canisters with a long, lit wick – to light sections of underbrush that haven’t burned since June of 2010.  Wakulla assistant fire management officer Bob Airhart said this kind of regular burning has two vital roles in forest management.