Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Weather Ignites Several Infernos

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Weather Ignites Several Infernos

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Byline: Dana Treen, The Times-Union

********************CORRECTION March 10, 2004

Sandra Frye, 19, of Lake City was killed south of Lake City Saturday night when a car in which she was a passenger left the road and hit a tree. The driver, Justin Hall, 20, of Lake City was injured. Because o reporter's error, the names were reversed in a story on Page B-3 Tuesday.


Dry conditions and stiff winds Monday fed a fire that spread to about 10,000 acres in the Osceola National Forest and was one of several swamp and woods fires being fought in Northeast Florida counties.

No one was injured and no homes were lost in the fires in five counties, said Annaleasa Winter, a state Division of Forestry spokeswoman. An incident management team will bring additional manpower and resources in today to assist local and state agencies with the fires, she said.

The Osceola fire that spread to the Bethea State Forest north of Interstate 10 began as a 1,100-acre prescribed burn by the U.S. Forest Service that was intended to burn off accumulated fuels in the woods to protect against wildfires. Winter said the Forest Service fire began to spread Sunday in unseasonably dry conditions.

Other fires included a 600-acre fire in the Bryceville area of Nassau County, a 750-acre fire in west Baker County, a 20-acre fire in a dry lake bed near Keystone Heights in Putnam County and a 15-acre fire in the Flagler Estates area of west St. Johns County.

Apart from the Osceola fire, Winter said the causes of the other fires were not yet known.

"It could be people burning trash, it could be arson," she said. "They're just popping up all over."

The Florida Highway Patrol said no roads had to be closed because of smoke.


A motorcyclist who died Thursday while carrying two wallets and two licenses has been identified as William Anderson Thomas, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Thomas, 59, was cut off by a vehicle he could not avoid on the 9700 block of Beach Boulevard, according to police. …

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