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Hundreds of wildfires extinguished


(WFLX) - One month ago more than 400 wildfires were burning up Florida. Today, 32 are still active. 

Firefighters are applauding nearly a month of rain for helping extinguish the fires.  They're also thanking the hundreds of out-of-state firefighters who flew to Florida to help fight the flames.

Jim Karels, the Director of the Florida Forestry Service, says conditions are almost to a point were Florida firefighters can begin returning the favor. "New Mexico, Arizona, slowed down a little bit," Karels said.  "Nevada is starting to pick up, and if they pick up, we are ready to help them.  They helped us.  We are ready to help them."

Thirty-two is still a lot of fires for Florida this time of the year. Plus, Florida is still in a drought, but, Karels says, if the current rain pattern continues and people continue to be careful, the worst may be behind us.

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