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Smell smoke? Wildfire burning in St. Johns County

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – Crews with the Florida Forest Service were working to fully contain a wildfire burning Tuesday evening in St. Johns County.

Around 11 a.m., the Forest Service said the 31-acre fire, which was burning in a wooded area off I-95 between State Road 206 and State Road 207, was about 95 percent contained.

The fire has burned into a swamp that crews can’t get into but they are working to burn off dead vegetation on the other side of the swamp, in case it emerges on that side, forestry officials said.

Despite a rainy winter, all the dead vegetation from the two hurricanes, called "blowdown," is now potential fuel for fires.

Drivers in the area are urged to use caution as they could encounter smoky conditions.

According to the Forest Service, no nearby homes were in danger.


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