Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

25 Acres Swept by Fire North Jacksonville Homes Threatened

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

25 Acres Swept by Fire North Jacksonville Homes Threatened

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A brushfire burned more than 25 acres near Black Hammock Island

in North Jacksonville, threatening the homes of several

residents and closing some roads leading to the island.

The fire started about 5 p.m. yesterday and firefighters were

still fighting the blaze several hours later after it crossed

Cedar Point Road just west of Darcy Drive.

There were no injuries or structural damage reported, but Fire

Chief Ray Alfred said brisk winds were pushing the fire east,

closer to several homes on Pumpkin Hill Road.

The state forestry division had three tractors at the fire to

lay fire lines, protect homes and prevent the fire from

spreading. Residents were kept from their homes until about 11

p.m.

As residents' frustrations rose after being told they could not

get to their homes, one man was arrested after a scuffle with

officers. Witnesses said the man was upset that he couldn't get

to his home. His name was not available.

"People get worried and they want to know what's going on,"

said Kenny Adams, who has lived for 35 years on Sheffield Road,

a few blocks from where the fire started. "There are some

really beautiful homes out here. I'm worried because I don't

know if my house is in danger."

While the cause of the fire hadn't been determined last night,

police and fire officials said dry conditions due to weeks

without rain fueled the blaze. The fire jumped from one spot to

another as embers floated by wind, said state forester Larry

Figart.

Alfred said residents should take extra caution when grilling

outside their homes. He reminded residents last night to take

caution using fireworks during upcoming Fourth of July

celebrations.

"It's very dry and we had pine trees that were burning fast,"

Alfred said of the Cedar Point fire. …

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