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More Florida Forest Service firefighters to head out West

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Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam Thursday said he’s sending 24 more wildland firefighters from the Florida Forest Service to help fight fires out West.

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Florida Forest Service’s Top 10 tips for safe July 4 fireworks

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Summer’s biggest party kicks off this weekend, with Fourth of July parties, cookouts, barbecues and – most importantly – fireworks. Nationwide, about 230 people arrive in emergency rooms every day in July, a result of injuries from personal pyrotechnics, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. But injuries are not the only potential danger with fireworks. Since January, approximately 1,800 wildfires across Florida have burned more than 38,000 acres. For July 4, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and the Florida…

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