Strong Wind Could Fan Massive Wildfire Along Georgia-Florida Line

LAKE CITY, Fla. (AP) - Some rain would be nice but firefighters fear the strong winds that could come with it will complicate efforts to bring a wildfire along the Florida-Georgia line under control.

The wildfire that raced through the Okefenokee Swamp in southeast Georgia and into Florida was started by lightning more than a week ago. It has burned over 100-thousand acres in Florida and is 30 percent contained.

U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Nina Barrow says winds in the area of the Florida fires are expected to be 15 miles-an-hour with gusts up to 25 miles-an-hour Monday.

Smoke from the fires has plagued drivers in many parts of the state. About 75 miles of Interstate Ten in north Florida and I-75 in South Florida are expected to open only intermittently Monday.

About 150 homes have been evacuated between I-10 and the Florida-Georgia state line.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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