Fire breaks through containment lines

Published: Thursday, May 1, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, May 1, 2008 at 12:14 a.m.

A Gilchrist County brush fire broke through containment lines and was growing Wednesday night, the Florida Division of Forestry reported.

The two-week-old fire was located about four miles north of Trenton in the Cypress Swamp area, a rural location off County Road 47 and Tyler Grade Road, said forestry spokeswoman Ludie Bond.

Division of Forestry crews using seven tractors were attempting to re-establish the fire lines around the blaze at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Originally the fire had only covered about 20 acres before jumping the lines but had grown to 70 acres within about two hours.

People traveling through the area had reported seeing columns of smoke coming from the location.

There were no reports that any structures were threatened, but Bond cautioned that there could be road closures in the area. Motorists using nearby roads should use caution due to smoky conditions, she said.

The Florida Highway Patrol, the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office and the county's volunteer fire department were on scene with officers posting signs to warn drivers about smoke in the area.

Dry, windy conditions have contributed to the area's fire hazard.

"We haven't had significant rain in weeks," Bond said.

Lise Fisher can be reached at 352-374-5092 or

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