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St. Johns Fire Rescue Department

The latest U.S. Census Bureau numbers show St. Johns County added about 11,000 residents between mid-2017 and mid-2018, making it one of the fastest-growth counties in the nation.

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A wildfire is burning across an estimated 400 acres of forest on Jacksonville’s Northside, according to the Florida Forest Service.

New Fire Station Set For Jacksonville's Busiest Growth Area

Jul 16, 2018
Florida Times-Union

More fire protection is finally on the way for one of Jacksonville’s most prolific growth areas after a long search by city officials for sites to build a new fire station.

Officials Urge Caution Around Smoldering Duval Wildfire

Jul 16, 2018
Jacksonville Fire-Rescue Department

A wildfire could reduce visibility for drivers on Jacksonville’s Southside this Monday.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via Flickr

A firm hired by a state agency to conduct a prescribed burn sparked a weekend wildfire that burned 820 acres and 36 homes in Northwest Florida, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said Wednesday.

Nikeya Heath / WJCT News

While some Southeast Georgia residents have already been evacuated, Northeast Florida is on high alert as a wildfire continues to burn more than 140,000 acres of woods.

Volunteers are working to move livestock in the largely rural area to safety.


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The University of North Florida is banning hoverboards inside and near student housing.  

The university sent an email to student-residents this week outlining safety concerns over the two-wheeled, motorized gadgets.

UNF joins other universities that have banned hoverboards after reports their batteries can overheat and catch fire.

The mode of transportation, which is similar to a Segway without a handle, is still allowed on campus— just not in residence halls.

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An 11-year-old Jacksonville boy’s arson conviction has been overturned. A state appeals court dismissed the incident as a child’s “poor judgment,” rather than a crime.

About a year ago, the unidentified 11-year-old was playing with a blowtorch in his backyard, and things got out of hand. When he used aerosol lubricant to light a fan on fire, flames spread and swallowed a nearby shed.

St. Johns River Water Management District

Clay County police are asking for help in their investigation of a body found in a burning car Tuesday morning in Middleburg.

In a written statement, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office says the body was discovered around 8:15 a.m. on a one-lane dirt road in Jennings State Forest.

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Tomorrow, Jan. 1, a new Florida law aimed at preventing fire deaths goes into effect. Smoke alarms installed in homes must be powered by either electricity or so-called “permanent" batteries.

Before the change, fire alarms in new or remodeled homes had to be connected to the house’s electricity. Now, builders and residents replacing old smoke alarms have another option: a device with a tamper-proof battery that lasts 10 years.

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Investigators said three of four early morning fires in St. Augustine’s historic district Monday were intentionally set and they’re leaning toward arson as the cause of the fourth as well.

According to St. Augustine Fire Chief James "J.C." Costeira, the four structures, two on Cordova, one on Saragasso and one on Park Place in the Lincolnville neighborhood, are within blocks of each other in the historic downtown area.

Dumb criminals, a family feud, and a web only bonus story are what await you in this week's edition of ONLY IN FLORIDA.

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Employees of the Olive Garden restaurant in Jacksonville’s Arlington neighborhood still aren’t sure when they will get back to work after a fire ripped through the building Monday morning.

Jameis Winston, Cherish Perrywinkle, and Nelson Mandela are in the headlines today.

John Wark has had an unusual view of his home state of Colorado. He's a freelance photojournalist who pilots his own plane above the landscape, making pictures of flames and floods, farms and cities as he goes.

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