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Florida Forest Service responds to weekend fires in Palmdale

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Posted at 5:30 PM, Apr 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-11 05:36:44-04

GLADES COUNTY, Fla. — UPDATE 4/10: The Eastern fire was 100% contained at 359 acres. The Western fire is now 75% contained and 50 acres. According to Florida Forest Service, personnel is monitoring the fire, however their main focus Sunday morning was to fully contain the Eastern fire; there are reportedly no threats or hazards.

Our original reporting continues below:

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The Florida Forest Service is battling two brush fires in Glades County. The fires are burning off the end of 5th Street along Fisheating Creek in Palmdale and are approximately a 1/4 mile apart. The western fire is currently 25% contained at 50 acres. The eastern fire is currently 80% contained at 270 acres. There is currently Florida Forest Service two dozers working on the fires. A nearby task force has provided additional assistance for these fires including air support from the Seminal Reservation crews.

According to the Florida Forest Service, two sheds have been damaged. No homes were damaged and no injuries have been reported.

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There was a Red Flag Warning in Glades County, as well as Lee, Charlotte, Hendry, DeSoto, and inland Collier until 8 pm due to low humidity, drought conditions, and winds gusting to 30 mph.

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