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Fire risk high with winter season underway

Expect fire activity to rise in the coming months with the start of the winter fire season. Wildfire Mitigation Specialist Ludie Bond says last night’s hard freeze was the first of many more to come. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/01/BOND2.mp3] She says low humidity this time of year further adds to those high risk …

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Manatee experience in Crystal River a double-edged sword

As the temperatures dip into the 20s and 30s, sea cows are seeking the warmth of Kings Bay in Citrus Coutny.  Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Donna Green-Townsend talked with the Refuge Manager for the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, Michael Lusk.  Lusk says while the freezing temperatures provide a challenge for …

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Freezing temps cause manatees flock to warm waters of Kings Bay

As the temperatures in Florida continue to plunge, hundreds of manatees are flocking to the warm waters of Crystal River.  Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Donna Green-Townsend talked with Research Biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, Bob Bonde about the current status of the endangered sea cow. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPManateeQABondedgt.mp3]

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Winter weather pushes down smoke along area roads

Smoke continues to be a problem along US Highway 301 and NE 124th Ave. because of a one acre brush fire. Wildfire mitigation specialist Ludie Bond says driving in these conditions can be dangerous. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/12/BOND3.mp3] The fire, just south of the city of Waldo, began yesterday, and fire officials are …

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Florida springs in hot water

The springs in north Florida are an integral and unique part of the community, both for residents and visitors from abroad. But as Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Steven Gallo rports, these natural resources are in danger and the threat may mean more than just a damper on recreation. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FloridaSpringsSG121311.mp3]

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Rain not enough to quash Prairie fire

The Olive Fire in Levy Prairie is still burning about 750 acres despite the recent rain. Florida Forest Service Forest Protection Assistant Chief Ralph Crawford says the fire is about 70% contained. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/12/Crawford4.mp3] He says the light rain these past few days did not greatly affect the fire, which still …

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