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High winds rekindle Badland flames

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2,000 acres have burned since the fire began in April

By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

About 90 homes, businesses and other buildings near the Goethe State Forest were threatened Monday by a fire that's been burning in the area since April.
    Ludie Bond, wildfire mitigation specialist with the Florida Department of Forestry, said the fire, now officially known as the Badlands Fire, picked up steam Monday when it was fed by strong downdrafts from an approaching storm.
    "The fire started getting extremely aggressive and extremely erratic."
    Bond said the long-term lack of rain, record-breaking temperatures and low humidity in the district also contributed to the blaze, which on Monday was concentrated in an area by State Road 121 and County Road 337, near Williston.


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