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Rain Helps Stop Florida Wildfire

April 26, 2001

MIAMI (AP) _ Crews monitored a 12,000-acre wildfire on Florida’s marshy southeastern tip Thursday, a day after heavy rain helped douse enough of the flames to allow the reopening of the only two roads to the Keys.

The fire, which was not threatening the area’s few structures, was 55 percent contained Thursday morning, and a 2,600-acre prescribed burn was begun, the state forestry service said.

An 18-mile stretch of U.S. 1, the main highway between Florida City and Key Largo, and an alternate route had been closed periodically since Monday because smoke was reducing visibility.

Meanwhile, authorities in central Florida continued to fight a 750-acre fire in a marshy lake bed just south of the Alachua-Marion county line. That blaze was 60 percent contained Thursday, said forest area supervisor Rick Dolan.

Scattered showers were forecast for the southern half of the state through the weekend.

Through Wednesday, 2,252 fires statewide had charred 178,138 acres since Jan. 1.

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State fire information: http://flame.fl-dof.com

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