While expats see the dry season as blue skies and afternoon picnics, forest fire fighters see field fires.
They are getting ready. More than 250 fire fighters from six countries have participated in a Central American gathering to improve their skills.
The event was held in Cartago sponsored in part by the U.S. government through USAID.
Officials said that in Costa Rica nearly all field and woods fires have a human cause. Hunters and poachers frequently let campfires get out of control. The winds of the dry season do the rest.