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Crews to return to the scene Thursday to continue efforts

8:20 AM, Apr 4, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Firefighters on Jacksonville's north side are catching a break Thursday from mother nature.

Rainfall is helping contain a fire at Pumpkin Hill Reserve State Park that has been burning since Tuesday around noon. The fire is still not completely extinguished, but officials say the wet weather has helped them reach 90% containment over 363 acres.

Crews were released from the scene overnight Wednesday with plans to return on Thursday morning.

As rainfall continues, it is expected to help prevent any flames from spreading.

By all accounts so far, officials say their containment lines around the fire are holding strong. The plan Thursday is to continue mopping efforts following the rainfall overnight.

There are still no injuries or property damage being reported. Cedar Point Road, which had been closed a couple of times due to smoke, is now open in both directions.

The fire started as a park services controlled burn over 70 acres, but windy weather Tuesday forced the flames to spread.

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