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Updated: 04/25/2014 07:03:43PM

Season should spark safety

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This photo was taken in South Punta Gorda last year during a massive wildfire. The Florida Forest Service has reported that seven wildfires have been reported in the Myakka River District since Jan. 17. Cold weather makes this the peak time for fire season, and officials say residents should be wary.

SUN PHOTO BY ADAM KREGER

Controlled burns throughout Charlotte County, like the ones Tuesday in Punta Gorda, not only are good for the ecosystem, but they also reduce the risk of wildfires by reducing available "fuel."

By ADAM KREGER

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Cool weather is something many South Floridians would welcome as a nice change.

However fire officials warn cold temperatures, low humidity and high winds could spark a dangerous combination, made evident by a wildfire that lit up 67 acres of South Punta Gorda on Tuesday.

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