‘Tis the season for bringing fire back into areas that are fire suppressed. Historically, much of Florida’s flatwoods burned every two to four years. Though 95% of southeastern fires in pre-European settlement times occurred in the growing season, the dormant season is often the best time to safely reintroduce fire to forests that have been excluded from this natural process. Dormant season burns are cooler and will generally result in less pine mortality than a hot summer burn. After a burn or two to reduce available fuel and duff, the natural growing season burn cycle can return.