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Florida Fires Coming Close to Homes

Aired May 30, 2000 - 2:01 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: And in Florida, battles continue against a rash of brush fires that have sprung to life in the midst of a drought. Today Governor Jeb Bush warns the fires are likely to get worse before the situation improves.

In Florida, the fires have threatened people's homes as we see in this report from Silke Reblay (ph) of Central Florida News 13.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

SILKE REBLAY, CENTRAL FLORIDA NEWS 13 REPORTER (voice-over): Firefighters have been working through the night to try and get all the hot spots in this area under control.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, through the night we've reduced our manpower down to more of a skeleton crew and we're patrolling the streets here in the area and all the burned area to make sure we don't have any flare-ups throughout the night.

REBLAY: All the residents of this area have been allowed back into their homes but have been warned of the dangers surrounding this area.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They say stay at your own risk, you know, because you could have flare-ups. I probably won't sleep, you know, I'll be up all night.

REBLAY: Several smaller fires started through the night, due to high winds and flying embers.

(on camera): If you take a look here behind me you can see a wall of flames literally coming towards one of the houses here in Osceola County. Firefighters are waiting for that wall of flame to come a little bit further closer to them. What they are trying to do is burn away the fuel of the fire, basically all the brush and trees here in this area. And this is what firefighters have been dealing with all night: smaller fires erupting into larger fires and causing something that you see here, right behind me.

(voice-over): Residents of this house watched as the fire literally rushed their home. Fire officials say it's the hundreds of smaller fires erupting through the area they have to keep their eye on and that posed the greatest threat to this community.

In Osceola County, Silke Reblay, Central Florida News 13.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

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