I went to Florida to assist with a prescribed burn that finally got approved. The park is trying to restore longleaf pine habitat. The fire burned really hot; there was so much extra fuel from the hurricanes and subsequent beetle infestations. For a while I was with the ignition specialists clearing fuel from around trees along the trail. That was backbreaking work. They’d light the fire and I went along ahead and tried to clear ahead of them. I didn’t eat enough ahead of time and got really wiped out. Later we mopped up (slow, steady work) and I felt a lot better. We worked until nine. I am sore.
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