Tag Archives: North Central Florida

Marion County urging residents to heed burn ban

Dry conditions and strong winds have caused multiple fires throughout Marion County and North Central Florida. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Brittany Bassler reports what the county is doing to protect residents. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/04/BurnBanWRAP.mp3]

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Drought causes recreational opportunities to dry up on area lakes

As dry conditions continue, the lack of rain has some missing out on recreational fun on Melrose area lakes as water levels dip extremely low. WUFT-FM’s Kelsey Peck traveled to the area today where she found getting to spend time on the water is a “cherished” opportunity. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/BackyardLaketroublewrapKP.mp3] Melrose resident and artist David Beede’s has lived …

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Incoming cold front could mean more severe smoke conditions

Wildfires in North Central Florida continue to burn with the County Line fire causing most area smoke.  Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Michael Cadigan says the haze is causing problems along area roadways. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/04/CountyLineFireSmokeWrap.mp3] Osceola National Forest Firefighter Byron Hart captured this night scene on the County Line Fire on Saturday night. …

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Thousands of acres burning in North Central Florida

Heavy smoke this morning throughout North Central Florida has reduced visibility on roadways and made for hazardous driving conditions.  While the fire in Levy Prairie just over the Alachua-Putnam county line may bring in some smoke, Wildfire Mitigation Specialist Ludie Bond says the main source of the smoke is from …

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The smell of smoke is in the air

With heavy smoke hanging in the air around North Central Florida, county health officials are urging people to stay indoors. Alachua County Health Department Medical Executive Director John Colon says even the healthiest person can expect to see some side effects from the smoke. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/04/COLON1.mp3] He says those with allergy …

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Co-existing with Florida’s black bear

With human and black bear populations on the rise in Florida, people in rural North Central Florida have had an increased number of encounters with this native species.  The Umatilla bear festival occurred this past Saturday to give humans a bear’s eye-view of life in the forest. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s …

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