Wildfires burn more than 800 acres

By Times Staff Writer
Published April 2, 2006

Wildfires continued to blaze across the state Saturday, consuming more than 800 acres of undeveloped land.

A fire started by a controlled burn in Pasco County burned 639 acres east of U.S. 41 and north of State Road 52, before being brought under control about 11 a.m. Saturday.

Saturday evening, another fire just north of St. Augustine, also started by a controlled burn, was still blazing more than four hours after it was reported, said Annaleasa Winter with the state Division of Forestry.

The fire, which covered up to 100 acres, began when the person supervising the burn went to lunch, she said.

Another wildfire at Camp Blanding, a training area for the Florida National Guard near Green Cove Springs, was contained around 4 p.m. after consuming 75 acres.

The fire was thought to have been intentionally set and is under investigation, Winter said.

No structures were threatened and no injuries were reported in any of the fires on Saturday.