WUFT News

Goethe Fire Still Burning

By on May 2nd, 2011

The 700 acre Goethe State Forest fire in Levy county continues to burn, sending smoke and ash over Gainesville.

Several crews with heavy equipment have been trying since last week to contain it, but so far no success and the fire is NOT considered under control. And now there is a second big fire to the east of Alachua county, with more than 600 acres burning in southern Putnam county. Fire mitigation specialist Ludie Bond says 30 much smaller fires in the area have cropped up since Thursday, when a storm front with frequent lightening moved through the area. She says the last several days have been fairly pleasant weather wise, but those nice breezes and dry conditions have helped fan the flames.

She says the Goethe fire is in an area with a lot of fuel, and teams have been trying to cut fire lines to contain the blaze. Although no homes or other buildings are being threatened, the fire is creating lots of smoke, and that’s making driving conditions hazardous on some roads, like U-S 19 or highway 121. Bond says this is wildfire season in Florida—just like we have hurricane season. And she says it’s not something that should be unexpected.


This entry was posted in Local and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Local

The red line shows the new county line on State Road 121, where the boundaries of Springs County and Alachua County would meet. Jonathan Munoz / WUFT News

Commissioners Discuss Creating New County

Newberry City Commissioner Tim Marden is proposing drawing a line through Alachua County to create a new county out of the western portion. The county, which would be called Springs County, would address the issue of some residents of smaller towns, like Newberry, feeling like they do not get adequate representation.


Neena Schueller takes a break from practicing tricks on her longboard in the parking lot of Gainesville’s FreeRide Surf & Skate Shop. The nineteen-year-old is sponsored by the local shop, which provides her with clothing and whatever other equipment she doesn’t receive from her other sponsors.

Student Teaches Herself To Skateboard, Rises To “Queen”

Neena Schueller climbs to the top of the longboard community as one of the only female skateboarders sponsored by a local skate shop. She has been recognized for her skills on YouTube and in the skateparks, winning titles such as “Queen of Kona.”


Gainesville: A Popular Destination For Homeless Travelers

Homeless travelers find comfort in Gainesville’s community. The tent camp, Dignity Village, has provided a safe haven for them while traveling.


_1 Fire

Patio Burns In Propane Fire

A faulty propane tank led to a house fire in Summerfield. In response to the blaze, Marion County Fire Rescue officer James Lucas gave some tips on how to prevent grilling fires.


Burrito Brothers is now open in a suite on the north side of the U14 building. Customers can sit inside and will have access to a bar. Alex Maminakis / WUFT News

Burrito Brothers Is First To Move Into New Midtown Building

Burrito Brothers Taco Co. held the grand opening for its new location on Friday. The restaurant moved into a new portion of the U14 building off University Avenue.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments