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Forestry officials: Lightning sparks marsh fire in Yulee

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YULEE, Fla. – Fire crews battled a 25-acre marsh fire that was caused by lightning Thursday evening in Nassau County, the Florida Forest Service said.

Forestry officials responded about 6 p.m. to the Half Moon Marsh fire off North Main Street and Lankford Avenue near Yulee.

The fire, which initially started as 3 acres, is 90 percent contained.

Tractors were unable to get to the fire, so crews were letting it burn out. It was also too late to deploy a helicopter drop, forestry officials said.

At about 9 p.m., crews were released.

One home was close to the flames, but was not threatened, and its residents did not have to evacuate, forestry officials said.