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February 18, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The Florida Highway Patrol closed a 10-mile section of Interstate 4 because of severe smoke from wildfires as firefighters battled several blazes sparked by extremely dry conditions. The section will remain closed overnight on the heavily traveled route between Orlando and Tampa. At least four fires were burning near Polk City, including one that burned 3,400 acres. A blaze in a swamp burned 1,000 acres and forced residents of six homes to evacuate.
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May 30, 2001 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Florida's tinder-dry grasslands, swamps and forests were ablaze in more than 190 locations across the state Tuesday, and thick smoke from some fires was thought to have played a part in multiple highway pileups. The state's largest wildfire in 16 years--raging for more than two weeks now--has burned nearly 61,000 acres of commercial timberland and swamp in the northern counties of Dixie and Lafayette.
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April 21, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Firefighters doused hot spots and homeowners cleared charred debris as authorities hunted for whoever set several fires that roared across thousands of acres in southwestern Florida. Two houses were destroyed and dozens were damaged. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries. Several fires were set Thursday, stretching 200 firefighters so thin they had to concentrate just on areas where homes were threatened.
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May 23, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Scores of wildfires were blazing across drought-stricken Florida, officials said, and Gov. Jeb Bush said he was praying for rain. Now in its fourth year of drought, Florida is anxiously hoping for the rainy season in the coming weeks to quell fires that this year have blackened more than 200,000 acres of land and destroyed nearly 50 homes.
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March 4, 2001 | From Associated Press
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.
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June 4, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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December 25, 2000 | Associated Press
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.
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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.
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June 30, 1998 | From Associated Press
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.
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June 21, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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April 24, 2001 | From Associated Press
A 2,000-acre fire fueled by persistent winds and dry grasses forced the closure Monday of an 18-mile stretch of U.S. 1, the main artery into the Florida Keys. The stretch of two-lane highway between Florida City and Key Largo was expected to remain closed until sometime today, said Laverne Guillen, spokeswoman for Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue. "The wind is very gusty and it's making the fire spread quickly," said Lt. Ernesto Duarte of the Florida Highway Patrol.
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April 21, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Firefighters doused hot spots and homeowners cleared charred debris as authorities hunted for whoever set several fires that roared across thousands of acres in southwestern Florida. Two houses were destroyed and dozens were damaged. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries. Several fires were set Thursday, stretching 200 firefighters so thin they had to concentrate just on areas where homes were threatened.
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April 19, 2001 | From Associated Press
A controlled burn got out of hand and ignited thousands of acres of dry brush in Sarasota County on Wednesday, forcing evacuations and closing a three-mile stretch of Interstate 75. Up to 40 residents of the Woodland Estates subdivision near North Port were asked to evacuate as flames consumed 3,200 acres, said Jeff Aaron, the county's public information officer.
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March 4, 2001 | From Associated Press
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.
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February 22, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Firefighters tried to control a 10,000-acre swamp blaze in Polk County that has shut down part of Interstate 4 in central Florida. "We're looking at a few months of these kind of conditions," said Wayne James, the incident commander for the fire. The blaze is 70% contained by fire lines but is days away from being extinguished. It started 40 miles northeast of Tampa as a trash fire and is the state's largest this year.
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February 20, 2001 | Associated Press
Firefighters on Monday continued to battle a wildfire that has burned 10,500 acres and closed a 10-mile stretch of interstate highway in a dried-out swampy region of Central Florida. The wind-driven fire in the Green Swamp had grown from 2,000 acres Saturday night and jumped Interstate 4, a heavily traveled route connecting Tampa, Orlando and Daytona Beach. The section of highway remained closed Monday because of heavy smoke and fallen trees. It was unclear when it would reopen.
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June 20, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Wildfires that burned more than 8,000 acres of timberland west of Waldo in four days were weakened by rain and were contained beyond plowed firebreaks. President Clinton declared a major disaster and ordered aid to eight northern counties. Florida later received approval to include the rest of the state in the disaster declaration. Fires have burned 80 homes. There was one death, 14 injuries and about $13 million in losses.
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May 2, 1990 | United Press International
Helicopters scooped up giant buckets of canal water Tuesday and dumped the water on a wildfire that has charred 5,500 acres of saw grass in and around Everglades National Park, authorities said. The fire began Monday on state land south of the main park road.
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February 18, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The Florida Highway Patrol closed a 10-mile section of Interstate 4 because of severe smoke from wildfires as firefighters battled several blazes sparked by extremely dry conditions. The section will remain closed overnight on the heavily traveled route between Orlando and Tampa. At least four fires were burning near Polk City, including one that burned 3,400 acres. A blaze in a swamp burned 1,000 acres and forced residents of six homes to evacuate.
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