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Winds Fan Flames in Baker County Brush Fires

5:08 PM, Mar 3, 2012   |    comments
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BAKER COUNTY, Fla. -- A series of brush fires have popped up in Baker County this afternoon.

The fires are near the Baxter area, close to State Road 2 and County Road 127.

The Florida Forestry Service says it has tractors and crews working the brush fires. 

While burning in the woods, there are some homes in the area, according to viewers who live near-by. One viewer told First Coast News the smoke was very thick near her home.

Signs that warn of thick smoke are expected to be placed along the roads, warning drivers to take caution.

The fire is burning east of the Suwannee Forestry Center, according to the Florida Forestry Service.

Two units from Georgia, one Jacksonville unit, and one from Bradford County are traveling to Baker to assist.  Those crews will work to contain the fires in addition to the four bulldozers already on the scene.

There is a line of storms rolling through the area. First Coast News meteorologists say there is lightning in those storms, but it is unclear if lightning caused the fires.

High winds are also kicking up the flames. The First Coast News weather team says there are gusts of up to 50 mph and sustained 33 mph winds.  Forestry personnel are concerned the winds could spread the fire.   

Winds are pushing the fires out of the southwest.

First Coast News

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