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Five brush fires contained in three counties

Black smoke from brush fire seen along J. Turner Butler Boulevard. (Photo by Alicia Booth)
Black smoke from brush fire seen along J. Turner Butler Boulevard. (Photo by Alicia Booth)


JACKSONVILLE, Fla – The Florida Forest Service said five woods fires in three different counties were contained Sunday.

The first fire was reported on Jacksonville's Southside near J. Turner Butler Boulevard and I-295. The second was reported in Saint Johns County on Dobbs Road. Three more woods fires were reported in Putnam County.

All of the fires were brought under control, and the forest service said no structures were threatened..

"It's the low relative humidity and the light winds that we had today that allow fires to spread a little quicker than normal, in fact we had four fires today (Sunday) in northeast Florida that were just under 80 acres," said Annaleasa Winter with the Florida Forest Service.

Florida Forest Service is investigating how the fire started on the Southside because it was not a controlled burn. Annaleasa Winter says it could have been from lightening or by a person.

The brush fire on the Southside was fully contained before dusk, but many people who live near the area say they are hoping for some wet weather to prevent any other fires from starting.