Controlled burns can become un-controlled

Whew, this is bad. What started as a controlled burn/prescribed fire in Polk County became a wildfire that got out of hand. It created visibility problems on I-4, apparently causing a 50-car pileup and three deaths, according to sources like Tampa Bay’s 10 and the Associated Press.

Clearly, I’m not any kind of a fire expert, but I am surprised that any kind of controlled burns are being done during what’s considered our dry season — especially after our wet season supposedly wasn’t as wet as it should have been.

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    […] 6, 2008 · Filed under Florida, wildfires Wildlife officials who started a prescribed fire that got out of hand and led to five deaths have been cleared of any wrongdoing by a state investigation, the Tampa […]


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