Engine boss Frank Connor, center, firefighter Sarah Sorenson, left, and engine boss Wes O’Connor, all with the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, watch from a swamp buggy for wildfire flare-ups during a controlled backfire in the panther refuge Wednesday. Firefighters from the refuge teamed up with the “Bitterfoot Hotshots,” an elite wildfire team out of Darby, Mont., to do a controlled burn in the refuge to combat the 58,000-acre brush fire, now 60 percent contained, that has been burning in Big Cypress National Preserve and Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park since the beginning of May.

Photo by TRISTAN SPINSKI, Daily News

Engine boss Frank Connor, center, firefighter Sarah Sorenson, left, and engine boss Wes O’Connor, all with the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, watch from a swamp buggy for wildfire flare-ups during a controlled backfire in the panther refuge Wednesday. Firefighters from the refuge teamed up with the “Bitterfoot Hotshots,” an elite wildfire team out of Darby, Mont., to do a controlled burn in the refuge to combat the 58,000-acre brush fire, now 60 percent contained, that has been burning in Big Cypress National Preserve and Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park since the beginning of May.

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