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Take care during wildfire season
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Posted: 2013 Apr 05 - 07:17

Hello, everyone.

The wildfire that touched 200 acres and lots of people's lives a few weeks was investigated by the Office of Agriculture Law Enforcement and the Florida Forest Service.

It turns out a thunderstorm that came through the Friday before had lightning that struck a tree in a wooded area of the airport.

That tree smoldered until Sunday afternoon, when it finally started burning.

A week later, the forest service and the St. Lucie County fire department were still working hard to make the area safe for local homeowners.

The fire danger index is listed as extreme right now in the area. I know I mentioned this in last week's column, but it bears repeating: Please take some steps to help them keep your home safe.

Clear away dead brush from your home and yard. It only takes a second for the wind to take a burning ember and drop it into dry vegetation.

I also wanted to take a moment to shed some light on a good deed that took place recently.

A pelican was rescued by a small group of neighbors living on Hutchinson Island.

"I saw it from my balcony," said resident Susan Knowles.

The pelican was hanging from a tree branch with a hook in its mouth, wrapped up in fishing line.

Ms. Knowles grabbed some cutters and went to help the bird.

"Other neighbors came with towels to gently wrap him and keep him calm," she said. "A fisherman helped removed the hook, and we managed to get the fishing line off of it, too."

The group took the bird around to the back of the complex and set it free.

"He looked pretty happy about it," she said.

I would be happy, too, knowing that there are such caring people living here in Fort Pierce.

Finally, if you get hungry this weekend and are looking for something to do, head on over to the Oysterfest in downtown Fort Pierce.

There will be lots of delicious food, music and things to do. And the best part is that the oyster shells are saved and recycled to be used again to build up the habitat here in Fort Pierce.

I'll see you out and about in Fort Pierce this week. Until then, drive safe.

Dawn Krebs is the associate managing editor of Hometown News and can be reached at dkrebs@hometownnewsol.com.

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