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Blaze threatens FL communities

BY SUSAN KIM | Mayo, Fl | May 27, 2001

A 55,000-acre wildfire could soon threaten three communities in northern Florida, according to fire officials.

The fire was burning outside the town of Mayo, and several residents had already left their homes by early Sunday due to heavy smoke.

The fire was burning in Mallory Swamp and was being fed by high winds

early Sunday. Ongoing drought conditions in Florida have left highly reaching commercial timberland on the outskirts of the swamp, according to fire crews.

Some farms are also being threatened by the fire.

The American Red Cross opened a shelter just outside of Mayo for residents who chose to evacuate. The Salvation Army and local churches have been supporting fire fighters by providing water and canteens for the fire lines.

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