March 4, 2001 |
About 100 people evacuated their homes Saturday as a 150-acre brush fire burned out of control, officials said. Meanwhile, an 800-acre brush fire posed a possible threat to homes and businesses in southwest Miami-Dade County. In Martin County near Stuart, four firefighters were injured--two from smoke inhalation and two from heat exhaustion, said Keith Holman, director of the county Emergency Management Service. The fire started Saturday in a grassy area surrounded by houses and mobile homes.
June 4, 2000 |
Firefighters and the National Guard were trying to control several fires that burned thousands of acres across Florida, while more than 20 smaller blazes smoldered throughout the state. None of the wildfires presented a serious or immediate threat to any homes or property and fire crews had several nearly contained, said Eric Ford, an official of the Florida Division of Forestry. Since the first of the year, 3,365 fires have burned nearly 120,000 acres throughout Florida.
December 25, 2000 |
Firefighters scrambled to control a 2,000-acre brush fire that continued to burn Sunday across a dry, rural region of central Florida. At least one house was damaged and several residents fled fire-threatened homes, though no injuries were reported. Fire officials said the blaze grew from 500 acres Sunday morning to 2,000 acres by evening. They had hoped to have it under control by this afternoon. The fire started Saturday about 40 miles southwest of Orlando, Fla.
February 28, 1989
Two firefighters were killed in the battle against a wildfire in central Florida, while other blazes scorched the Everglades and threatened a major power line that serves the Miami area. Two volunteer firefighters from Bushnell, about 45 miles west of Orlando, had just arrived at the scene of a grass fire in the median strip of Interstate 75 when a tractor-trailer hit their smoke-obscured pickup, crushing both men, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
June 30, 1998 |
Vice President Al Gore toured a burned-out subdivision Monday, talking with residents who lost everything in wildfires that have charred about 237,000 acres in Florida. "The house didn't mean anything. It's what's in the house that makes a home," Bob March said. March had lived in the Seminole Woods house for two years. It's now a heap of ashes and concrete. A solemn Gore told March that Gov. Lawton Chiles, who was traveling with him, was working to get assistance for homeowners.
June 21, 1998 |
While some areas were cleaning up from wildfires, 38 of the state's 67 counties continued to fight scattered blazes in record-breaking heat. No highly populated areas were threatened, but state officials issued health alerts in smoky areas and elderly and ill people were encouraged to stay indoors. One person has died and more than 67,000 acres have burned, with 114 structures damaged. President Clinton declared the whole state a disaster area Friday.