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Florida works to prevent fast-moving fires

Posted at 5:38 PM, Dec 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-06 04:17:15-05

The fires in California hits close to home here in South Florida.

The video is incredible and the damage is unforgiving.

"Every time I see something in California, I think of the destruction," said Melissa Yunas with the Florida Forest Service.

The fires bring Yunas back to destructive fires here.

She says crews prevent the flames from spreading with bulldozers and choppers in the air.

"Air-tankers come in and fly if need be," said Yunas.

She also knows its important to have these resources locally and we move into the dry season.

"We have volatile fuel here in Florida, and we do have shifting winds," said Yunas.

Over the past several months FFS has been mowing and chopping vegetation to fight fires before they start.

"Mitigation works, we've seen it happen where a fire will actually stop up to our fire breaks," said Yunas.

She says homeowners should start preparing now.