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Wildfires damage property in multiple counties

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Two major wildfires on Florida’s East Coast have burned more than 16,000 acres in Brevard and Volusia Counties and 2,000 acres in St. Johns County. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is fighting to contain them by digging trenches to stop the fire’s spread. Department Spokesman Sterling Ivey says the high winds have been a problem, but a break in the weather yesterday helped.

“We feel very good about the St. John’s County fire. We’re hoping that the conditions allow us to continue to just dampen out the flames and squash the ash,” he says.

One mobile home, several outbuildings, and a few camp structures have been destroyed, but no people have died or sustained injury. Ivey says the cause of the fires is still under investigation.

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