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Wildfires Update - May 10, 2007

1:29 PM, May 10, 2007   |    comments
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A look at the wildfires that are scorching south Georgia and northeast Florida. Bradford County

  • 19,000 acres have burned. 35% of it is contained.
  • More than 200 firefighters are working hard to get the fire under control.
  • Overnight, the fire did not grow much. However, it is still moving southeast to Keystone Heights.
  • More than 250 homes have been evacuated. One mobile home has been reported scorched.
  • All Bradford County schools are open today. Administrators say children with respiratory problems should remain home.
  • Madison Street Baptist is open in Starke for displaced families in Bradford County.
  • An additional shelter has been opened for those unable to reach Madison Street Baptist due to road closures. The shelter is at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Interlachen located at 377 County Road 315 South Baker County
  • Highway 2 is still closed
  • Residents in the Moccasin Creek Circle area north of S.R. 2 are being evacuated. This affects about 30-40 homes in northern Baker County.
  • The Red Cross is helping with shelters in North Florida.
  • The First Baptist Church of Glen St. Mary, 9846 George Taber Boulevard, has been opened for people in Baker county.
  • Officials aren't sure of the exact number of homes that are evacuated at this hour. They say many people have just volunteered to leave their homes. At last check, the number stood around 300.
  • In Taylor, the people who didn't leave their home are heading to the corner store to get their updates on the fire. They say they are getting ready for any news of evacuations.
  • Wildfire grows to over 42,000 acres Clay County
  • Clay County has extended its outdoor burning ban until May 15 unless weather conditions change.
  • Clay County Fire Rescue urges residents to call 911 to report any wildfire in the local area. Flagler County
  • More than 6,000 acres burned. Wildfire situation is stabilizing.
  • No mandatory evacuations
  • Flagler County Emergency Services along with Public Works, Division of Forestry and the City Palm Coast, Bunnell and Flagler Beach Fire Departments all remain on high alert.
  • Heavy drift smoke from distant wildfires may be noticed in the area during the next few days. Persons who have respiratory complications and those sensitive to smoke should remain inside when possible.
  • Please do not call 911 if you see the smokey haze. Call 911 if you see a defined smoke plume, a column of smoke or flames. South Georgia
  • Firefighters from across the country are battling a 100,000 acre wildfires that stretches from Ware to Charlton Counties.
  • In Davis County, several families were ordered to leave their homes.
  • There were mandatory evacuations for Moniac, Georgia, which is on the border with Baker County.
  • For general information concerning the South Georgia wildfires call the 24-hour hotline at (912)287-4467.
  • A hotline for information on the wildfire and shelters in Charlton County: (912)496-3687. Evacuated Homeowner Tip - Bring Insurance Information Homeowners who evacuate should take their home insurance information with them and contact their insurance agent. Keep any receipts of expenses incurred because you may be able to get reimbursed by your insurance company. This page will be updated throughout the day. Please check back later. Related articles:
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