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County Line Fire Has Taylor Community on Watch

7:28 PM, Apr 11, 2012   |    comments
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BAKER COUNTY, Fla. --  Taylor is a small rural community that is keeping an eye on the County Line Fire that burns to the west.

So far, more than 30,000 acres have burned since a lightning strike in Osceola National Forest last week. Nearly 200 firefighters from across the country are in Columbia and Baker counties battling the fire.

"As long as these lines (fire lines) hold up, we should be fine," said Nancy Oliver, who is the Firewise coordinator for the Taylor community. She helps organize homeowners in taking precautions during the fire season to keep their property safe.

Earlier this year, a controlled burn was done near some homes to create a barrier between the forest and homes.

"To give a defendable space ... they can work off of it there is something coming they can start here and protect these homes." said Oliver.

Volunteer fire departments are busy making sure equipment works in the event the wildfire threatens the community of 400 homes.

Fire Information Officer John Bearer says strategic burns are working, but the wind is creating some problems. What firefighters are doing is back burning from streams and roads to create a barrier from the wildfire.

The County Line Fire is 25% contained since it broke out on April 5.

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