Wildfire Burns 60 Acres In Jennings State Forest

Wildfire Burns 60 Acres In Jennings State Forest

MIDDLEBURG,Fla. -- For most of the day a thin veil of smoke covered I-295 south and parts of Clay County. The smoke was generated by a 60 acre wildfire burning in Jennings State Forest.

"A lot of wind behind it being produced by the thunderstorm that probably produced the same lightning strike," said Barry Coulliette.

Coulliette is operations administrator with the Division of Forestry. He said the fire was started by a lightning strike. 

"I got the call about 3:26 this afternoon," he said.

Coulliette said he launched four units to tackled the fire in Jennings state forest.

"We're at least a mile from the closest resident so I'm pretty confident everyone's going to be okay," he added.

Mosquitoes: More this Year than Last Year?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  Peggy Munsey and her dog Gunner head out for their morning run each day, and every time, there's a pesky disruption.

"Yeah, they're very bad in this area," said Munsey.

The mosquitoes around her Clifton Road neighborhood in Jacksonville are unbearable and her neighbors agree it's the worst they've seen.

Jacksonville's Mosquito Control is tracking increasing calls for service on maps. In May, there were about 300 calls for service.  In June, that number doubled, and already in July, calls for service have exceeded 600.

"It's very irritating.  I was just talking to a neighbor yesterday and said, can you call the mosquito people because I've already called them twice," said Munsey.

Richard Smith, mosquito control superintendent, said he thinks the number of service requests will top 5,000. "That's a lot of service requests," he said.

Clay County Fireworks & Burn Ban Reminders

General Information for the Public on Fireworks:

·     Countywide Burn Ban is in effect. It was issued on June 3, 2011 and currently extends through July 8, 2011.

·     The ban prohibits all outdoor burning including yard waste, bon fires and campfires, on private or county property.

·     It also unlawful to use, discharge, dispense, or display ANY fireworks as defined by Florida Statue 791.

·     Sales of Sparklers, as defined by Florida Statue 791, are permitted, but use is NOT.

·     Five public displays of fireworks are permitted by Administrative Order in accordance with the Burn Ban Ordinance.

They are as follows:

Expect Congested Waterways July Fourth Weekend

Expect Congested Waterways July Fourth Weekend

Nearly 1 million recreational vessels are registered in Florida, and thousands more are brought in by tourists each year to enjoy the state’s boating opportunities. Many thousands of these boats will be cruising the St. Johns River, the Intracoastal Waterway and the many popular lakes and rivers in the northeast and central part of the state while celebrating the July Fourth weekend.

Unfortunately, these busy holiday weekends too often end tragically for some boaters. And these tragedies are usually completely preventable.