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Fires Near Nease High, Nocatee Nearly Contained | SLIDESHOW

Fires Near Nease High, Nocatee Nearly Contained | SLIDESHOW

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ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Fire crews are fighting three fires in the northern part of the county.

Crews were near Nease High School in the northern part of the county earlier this afternoon fighting a new fire, but headed to the Nocatee area where another fire started.

The 16-acre Nocatee fire threatened homes, while the fire near Nease, called the Cummer Road Fire, was reported around 1:30 this afternoon. It's 85 percent contained and is located in a wooded area south of County Road 210 and west of U.S. 1 and is not a threat to homes in the area.

The school is not in danger nor are other structures in that area,  said Jeremy Robshaw, a spokesman for St. Johns Fire and Rescue.

Division of Forestry officials said that fire burned 20 acres, but has since been 100 percent contained.

Ant-Filled Yards Pose a Danger

Ant-Filled Yards Pose a Danger

With summer here and Jacksonville’s current dry spell, fire and pavement ants become a nuisance to gardeners, and even a danger to humans.

It doesn’t take long for ants to take over your lawn and claim residency in a home or business. Experts recommend treating fire and pavement ants as soon as they are spotted.

FWC Asks Anglers to Help With Red Snapper Research

Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) request angler assistance with a research project focusing on red snapper caught in Florida offshore waters. This project will provide fisheries researchers and managers with vital catch-and-release survival information needed for assessing the status of this important recreational fishery.

Hurricane Safety Notes From the St. Augustine Police Department

Hurricane Safety Notes From the St. Augustine Police Department

Hurricane season starts in June and runs through November.  When a hurricane strikes it can be accompied by tragedy if you are not prepared.  There are few things you can do to be ready if a hurricane is coming toward the northeast coast of Florida.

Even Monday's Rain Can't Squelch Raging Wildfires

Even Monday's Rain Can't Squelch Raging Wildfires

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Parts of the First Coast got some much-needed rain Monday, but the Division of Forestry said that even this wet weather hasn't been able to tame the wildfires raging in several counties.

According to DOF spokesperson Annaleasa Winter, the heaviest rain hit in areas, like Southside and Mandarin, that don't have any fires burning.

In fact, Winter said it's possible that lightning strikes from the storms coming though the area Monday may have started some new fires.

DOF investigators believe the lightning is to blame for fires along County Road 209 and near the Dee Dot Ranch on the Southside.

St. Johns County Health Dept. Warns of Risks Associated With Wildfire Smoke

 

The St. Johns County Health Department and the Florida Department of Health (DOH) caution citizens that wildfire smoke is a respiratory irritant that can cause scratchy throat or irritated eyes and nose.  Smoke can also worsen conditions such as asthma and other chronic respiratory or lung conditions.

Pulmonologist from St. Vincent's Warns of Health Effects from Wildfire Smoke

Pulmonologist from St. Vincent's Warns of Health Effects from Wildfire Smoke

Phyisicans at St. Vincent's Medical Center are warning people about the health effects of the smoke from recent wildfires.  Doctors say they are seeing a rise in the number of patients complaining about irritation from smoke.

Pulmonologist Dr. Thomas Szwed, who works at St. Vincent's Medical Center, says people exercising outdoors may feel the effects.