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Military to hold live fire drills in Florida after wildfires

Military officials say they will hold live-fire drills in the Sunshine State after a wildfire swept through the region last week.

Troops from the 101st Airborne Division will be conducting simulated firefighting in Florida over the next several days.

The exercises are part of a larger effort to help prepare for an additional wildfire threat in the state.

Military officials say the exercises will simulate a scenario that could develop into an active wildfire and will take place in areas close to Fort Myers.

Troops will be training to fight fires in an environment that can be as dry as a summer day.

Officials say the military has not been able to predict the type of fire that could come into the area, so the exercise is part of its planning to protect personnel and property.

More than 1,000 firefighters are on the ground battling the blaze, which is still burning in the middle of the state, but is now under control.