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Flagler County firefighters Thomas Cope and Dennis Moore walk a sandy backroad that served as a firebreak during a controlled burn at Princess Place Feb. 26. (Photo by Jonathan Simmons)

Firefighters burn Princess Place forests to restore historic longleaf pine, wiregrass habitat

Monday, Feb. 29, 2016 |

Flagler County firefighters Thomas Cope and Dennis Moore walk a sandy backroad that served as a firebreak during a controlled burn at Princess Place Feb. 26. (Photo by Jonathan Simmons)

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Firefighters use drip torches filled with a fuel mixture to light prescribed burns in lines, after calculating the way the flames will be affected by the wind. (Photo by Jonathan Simmons)

Monday, Feb. 29, 2016 |

Firefighters use drip torches filled with a fuel mixture to light prescribed burns in lines, after calculating the way the flames will be affected by the wind. (Photo by Jonathan Simmons)

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Flagler County Environmental Planner Tim Telfer (Photo by Jonathan Simmons)

Monday, Feb. 29, 2016 |

Flagler County Environmental Planner Tim Telfer (Photo by Jonathan Simmons)

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Chris Schlageter, a consultant hired to help the county with prescribed fires, works on horseback. Horses that work around prescribed burns must be specially trained for the job. (Photo by Jonathan Simmons)

Monday, Feb. 29, 2016 |

Chris Schlageter, a consultant hired to help the county with prescribed fires, works on horseback. Horses that work around prescribed burns must be specially trained for the job. (Photo by Jonathan Simmons)

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Firefighters use handheld drip torches like this one to light prescribed burns. (Photo by Jonathan Simmons)

Monday, Feb. 29, 2016 |

Firefighters use handheld drip torches like this one to light prescribed burns. (Photo by Jonathan Simmons)

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Prescribed burns clean up the kind of heavy debris that could cause a catastrophic fire if it was allowed to accumulate. The periodic burns also push back vegetation that is out of place in the pine-grass ecosystem. (Photo by Jonathan Simmons)

Monday, Feb. 29, 2016 |

Prescribed burns clean up the kind of heavy debris that could cause a catastrophic fire if it was allowed to accumulate. The periodic burns also push back vegetation that is out of place in the pine-grass ecosystem. (Photo by Jonathan Simmons)

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Fresh vegetation, like this pine seedling, sprout after prescribed burns clear out heavy ground cover. (Photo by Jonathan Simmons)

Monday, Feb. 29, 2016 |

Fresh vegetation, like this pine seedling, sprout after prescribed burns clear out heavy ground cover. (Photo by Jonathan Simmons)

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Flagler County Land Manager Mike Lagasse was geared up with protective equipment to work a prescribed burn at Princess Place Feb. 26. (Photo by Jonathan Simmons)

Monday, Feb. 29, 2016 |

Flagler County Land Manager Mike Lagasse was geared up with protective equipment to work a prescribed burn at Princess Place Feb. 26. (Photo by Jonathan Simmons)

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