Jim Karels is the Florida State Forester and Director of the Florida Forest Service. Thanks to Jim’s leadership, Florida burns more land than any other state in the country with the use of prescribed fire. In addition to promoting the safe and frequent use of fire, Jim is a nationally recognized expert in wildfire prevention and control. Tall Timbers is privileged to honor Jim Karels at this year’s Kate Ireland Memorial Dinner & Auction. View this video to learn more about the man behind the fire.