It's the dry season, when uncontrolled wildfires in South Florida can threaten man and nature. That's why fire crews spent Wednesday torching 1,500 acres of Everglades National Park.
In the Everglades, fighting fire with fire is more than a simple platitude. It's a complex practice, one scientists and park managers call crucial to keeping the River of Grass healthy and communities that surround it safe.
`We've learned we need to burn the Everglades,'' said Rick Anderson, the park's fire-management officer. ``If we don't burn it when we can control it, it will burn when can't.''
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