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    PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - At least eight fire departments were
    fighting a wildfire that caused the evacuation of two businesses,
    knocked out power and forced a road closure Friday in the Florida
    Panhandle.
    The cause and scope of the blaze, which began about 3 p.m. CDT
    southwest of Pensacola, were not immediately known, said Janice
    Kilgore, director of public safety for Escambia County.
    The state Division of Forestry was sending an airplane from
    Tallahassee to help determine the extent of the fire, Kilgore said.
    "Thankfully, right now where it is, it's not extremely
    populated," she said.
    Authorities, however, were worried the fire might cross Sorrento
    Road, which was partly closed west of Pensacola Naval Air Station,
    and threaten residential areas, Kilgore said. There was no
    immediate threat, she said.
    The fire damaged a Gulf Power Co. transmission line and about
    8,200 homes and businesses were temporarily without power.
    A wildfire Thursday burned 350 acres about 10 miles from
    Friday's blaze in Lillian, Ala. Several Florida fire departments
    cross the state line to help put it out.
    Another Panhandle blaze Wednesday burned 100 acres west of
    Panama City in Bay County, nearly 100 miles east of Pensacola. It
    forced the temporary closure of State Road 79 and briefly
    threatened one home, but was extinguished after two hours.

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    MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) - A fast-moving brush fire burned more than
    40 acres and threatened homes Tuesday.
    The blaze began about 2:04 p.m. and moved to the back fence line
    of several homes in the Summer Brook subdivision, said Melbourne
    Fire Department spokesman Dan Porsi. Also, parts of Wickham Road, a
    major thoroughfare in Melbourne, were closed due to smoke and
    flames.
    "At this point, we haven't considered evacuating any homes,"
    Porsi said. "All the residents are being watchful."
    Resident Darryl Seike feared burning embers falling on his roof
    would set his house on fire, so he spent the afternoon on the
    rooftop.
    "When it came up to about thirty meters inside the treeline, it
    was pretty hot because there was a wall of fire a good 70, 80 feet
    high, easy," Seike said.
    The Melbourne Fire Department is being assisted in battling the
    blaze by Brevard County Fire-Rescue and the Florida Division of
    Forestry, Porsi said.

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    Two teenagers were arrested on Tuesday (6-17) for starting a fire in a Melbourne
    subdivision that came dangerously close to homes.

    Officials say flames shot sixty feet in the air as residents of the Summer Brook
    subdivision rushed to save their homes.

    Fire officials responded to the scene to fight the blaze that spread to 35
    acres. Officials evacuated several homes and closed down the main road for two
    hours when the fire was at its worst.

    Police arrested fifteen year old Travis Mills and Gordon Ward for setting the
    blaze. They are being held in a juvenile detention facility charged with arson.

    Fortunately no one was injured and no homes were lost.
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    MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) - Two 15-year-old boys were charged with
    starting a brush fire that spread quickly, burned 35 acres and
    threatened several homes here.
    Travis Preston Mills and Gordon Phillip Ward III were arrested
    Tuesday night and charged with arson, said Cmdr. Ron Bell, a
    spokesman for the Melbourne Police Department. The teens were taken
    to the Juvenile Detention Center in nearby Sharpes.
    Mills and Ward were in the woods smoking cigars Tuesday when
    they took a lighter and started the fire in a pine-needle packed
    pizza box they found, Bell said.
    No one was injured in the blaze, which began about 2 p.m. and
    moved to the back fence line of several homes in the Summer Brook
    subdivision.
    "Obviously this had the potential of spreading worse than what
    it did," Bell said. "It was irresponsible, and they should have
    known better."
    No homes were evacuated, even though the blaze was fueled by a
    strong easterly breeze. Parts of Wickham Road, a major thoroughfare
    in Melbourne, were closed due to smoke and flames. And many
    residents fended off the fire with garden hoses or sprinklers until
    firefighters got it under control.
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    Information from: Florida Today, http://www.floridatoday.com

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