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State begins criminal investigation of Bryceville fire

2 homes destroyed, more damaged by 700-acre Nassau County wildfire

Facebook photo of fire burning off Otis Road in Bryceville
Facebook photo of fire burning off Otis Road in Bryceville (Dustina Colley)

BRYCEVILLE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Agriculture is conducting a criminal investigation into last week’s fire in Bryceville that blew out of control and consumed 700 acres of Nassau County woods, destroyed two homes and more than a dozen other structures.

The Florida Forestry Service said investigators could file misdemeanor charges against the man who was burning boxes of books when the fire got away from him. The man has already been cited in the case and he will be billed for the costs of fighting the fire -- a total that might be calculated by the end of the week.

New hot sports were popping Tuesday as the Florida Forest Service continued to monitor what's left of the 700-acre wildfire that forced 150 residents from their homes in western Nassau County. Forestry officials said they're stilled worried about flare ups due to the heat and dry conditions.

Nassau County Emergency Management said 2,000 gallons of water were used on Monday to "mop up" anything smoldering. 

If you're concerned about wildfires, the Florida Forest Service does home wildfire hazard assessments and can talk to your community group. The number to call is 904-266-8362.