Florida- 500 acres
A mere 500....but due to other States in the news, it gets no press.
Firefighters dousing remaining brush fire near Sarasota
(Sarasota-AP) - Firefighters are still dousing the remnants of a
500-acre brush fire near Warm Mineral Springs.
On Sunday they battled to keep the blaze away from Interstate 75
and the populated fringes of North Port.
Sarasota County's controlled burn expert Chuck Johnston says
fire lines held through the night and kept the fire contained about
a mile away from the nearest houses.
The fire was sparked by lightning strikes early Sunday
afternoon. The blaze swept within a quarter-mile of I-75. Fire
engines were stationed on the side of the road, but the interstate
North Port fire officials issued a heavy-smoke warning Monday.
They are advising residents with respiratory conditions to stay
indoors, with windows and doors closed.
Drivers in the area are also advised to drive with care in smoky
(Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press