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County Line Fire Doubles in Size Overnight

6:43 PM, Apr 10, 2012   |    comments
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COLUMBIA COUNTY, Fla. -- A wildfire that started from lightning along the Baker and Columbia county lines has doubled in size overnight.

Forestry officials tell First Coast News there are no homes in danger from the fire.

The fire was estimated to be 14,117 acres in size at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Division of Forestry officials were seeing active fire behavior in the middle of the swamp, an area difficult to access for tractor crews attempting to establish firelines.

Throughout the day Tuesday, four helicopters and one large air tanker were dropping water and retardant on the fire.

On Wednesday, the Division of Forestry plans to have 250 people working along the firelines, working to contain the fire.

So far, one containment line has been built to the east, forestry officials say.

First Coast News

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