Volunteers from Puerto Rico are cleaning up national forest

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DANIEL BOONE NATIONAL FOREST, Ky. (WTVQ) – Daniel Boone National Forest representatives say they’re hurrying to clean up damage from forest fires before dry weather returns.

Multiple fires have burnt hundreds of acres and almost all of them have been caused by people.

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Three crews from Puerto Rico are volunteering their time to work in the forest and restore what they can.

The volunteers are putting in 16 hours a day. Some of their jobs are reseeding, preventing erosion, and knocking down trees that could fall and hurt someone.

“Hurricane Maria hit us very hard and we got a lot of people from the United States come over there to the island to help us.Now, it’s our opportunity to come and help you here,” said Roberto Martinez, Volunteer.

Forest representatives say it could be a few more weeks before parts of the forest are open to the public.