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Florida briefs: Wildfire danger high, officials say


Wildfire danger high, officials say

The danger of wildfire is very high throughout Florida due to a lack of rain, low humidity and windy conditions, state officials say. Florida Division of Forestry director Jim Karels says people planning to visit forests or parks over the holiday weekend should call ahead to learn whether campfires or charcoal grills are permitted. Burn bans are in place in several counties, including Baker, Citrus, Flagler, Glades, Hendry, Marion, Martin, Nassau, Osceola, Palm Beach, Putnam, Seminole, St. Lucie and Volusia. Forestry officials say 2,664 wildfires have burned 128,675 acres throughout Florida since Jan. 1. For more wildfire information, visit wildfire/information.html.


2nd suspect is sought in slayings

Sarasota detectives are looking for another possible suspect and "crucial pieces" of forensic evidence in the fatal shooting of two British tourists more than a month ago. Prosecutors filed court records Friday that said another person was involved in the April 16 shootings of 24-year-old James Kouzaris and 25-year-old James Cooper. On April 18, detectives arrested 16-year-old Shawn Tyson on murder charges. He will be tried as an adult. They were shot in a housing project.

Associated Press

Florida briefs: Wildfire danger high, officials say 05/28/11 [Last modified: Saturday, May 28, 2011 10:11pm]
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