Tag Archives: Florida

Rocket Test Sparks Small Florida Wildfire

Test caused fire near Kennedy Space Center pad   CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Federal officials say a rocket test on a Florida launch pad sparked a wildfire. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Fire Management Division said that the ...

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DC-10 Tanker Heads to Okefenokee Wildfire

Wildfire has burned 220 square miles since April 6   RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press Firefighters called up a giant air tanker to attack a rapidly growing wildfire that threatened homes Tuesday on the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp near the ...

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Despite Evacuation Order, Many Remain Near Georgia Wildfire

Winds push Okefenokee fire across fire breaks   RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press ST. GEORGE, Ga. (AP) — The wildfire burning for weeks in southeast Georgia’s Okefenokee Swamp had gotten so close that Mason Pair could see its orange glow through ...

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Georgia Okefenokee Wildfire Continues to Spread

Wildfire has burned over 129,000 acres   FOLKSTON, Ga. (AP) — Firefighters were battling Sunday to prevent a fire in a southern Georgia wildlife refuge from spreading, authorities said. The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge said in a statement that “extremely ...

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Sheriff’s Helicopter Crashes While Fighting Florida Wildfire

Marion County chopper went down in lake near Ocala wildfire   MARION COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) – A Marion County sheriff’s deputy nearly made the ultimate sacrifice, while helping put out wildfires. Sgt. John Rawls was dumping buckets of ...

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Rain Fails to Extinguish Okefenokee Wildfire

Wildfire has blackened over 150 square miles   FOLKSTON, Ga. (AP) — Rainfall from a recent storm failed to quench a vast wildfire in the Okefenokee Swamp on the Georgia-Florida line. A line of thunderstorms crossing southeast Georgia dumped just ...

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Okefenokee Wildfire Doubles in Size

Over 470 firefighters and support personnel work to contain the fire   FOLKSTON, Ga. (AP) — A wildfire on public lands near the Georgia-Florida state line has blackened 115 square miles (300 sq. kilometers) after doubling in size within a ...

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Zookeeper Burned Saving Rhino from Wildfire

Staff saved over 40 animals at Naples refuge   TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida zookeeper is recovering from burns he received while saving a rhinoceros from a wildfire that threatened his animal sanctuary. Local media organizations report NGALA Wildlife ...

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Okefenokee Wildfire Burns Over 90 Square Miles

Wildfire grew over 20 percent between Monday and Tuesday   FOLKSTON, Ga. (AP) — Officials say a wildfire on public lands near the Georgia-Florida state line has burned more than 90 square miles (233 sq. kilometers) as winds spread the ...

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Brush Fire Destroys Florida Homes

Strike teams have helped contain the blaze   ALEXI C. CARDONA, Naples Daily News The fire that has torn through Golden Gate Estates is now 50% contained and held steady through Saturday night and Sunday morning at 5,531 acres. The ...

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