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Florida brush fires force evacuations
Parts of I-95 closed
DELTONA, Florida (CNN) -- Fast-moving brush fires in
northeast Florida forced authorities Saturday to close parts
of Interstate 95, and some residents fled their homes.
No injuries were reported from the fires burning north of
Orlando in Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Seminole counties.
The Seminole County fire apparently began when a transformer
blew up Saturday afternoon. CNN affiliate WFTV reported that
up to 300 homes in Seminole County were affected.
In Putnam County, two brush fires were burning on more than
500 acres. The worst fire, near Georgetown, Florida,
threatened more than 50 homes, said Eric Black, operations
administrator with the Florida Division of Forestry. Fifteen
crews from three fire departments were trying to douse the
Black said firefighters hoped to have the fires contained by
late Saturday night, but worried that they might flare up
again as soon as the humidity drops and sea breezes pick up
Flagler County sheriff's Sgt. David Malta told CNN that some
residents of Palm Coast, in the southeast part of the county,
had left their homes. Shelters were set up at Bunnell
Elementary School and the Flagler County Courthouse.
Malta said part of I-95 was closed as a precaution, because
of thick smoke. Authorities didn't know how the Flagler
County fire started.
Fires also were burning on 1,000 acres in St. Johns County
near St. Augustine. Nearly a dozen homes were burned,
according to the Florida Division of Forestry.