Florida-Georgia Wildfire Forces Hundreds to Evacuate for 2nd Time

LAKE CITY, Fla. (AP) - Authorities are evacuating hundreds of homes because of a massive wildfire along the Georgia-Florida line.

Dry weather with winds of ten to 15 miles-per-hour in north Florida are expected to further hinder firefighters.

U-S Forest Service spokesman Russell Hubright says higher temperatures and lower humidity will make firefighters' work more difficult. As he puts it: "If we can just get through today."

Officials say about 250 to 500 homes west of U-S 441 have been evacuated for a second time when the fire line was breached. Another 570 people ordered out of 150 homes east of the roadway are still waiting to return.

Forestry officials say flames jumped a containment line at the fire's western edge, but firefighters using bulldozers and dropping water from helicopters were able to extinguish that part. The fire is still about one and a half miles from U-S 441.

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