Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Juniper Fire update: Campground reopened

Ocala - Ocala,FL,USA

Firefighters battling the wildfire in the Juniper Prairie Wilderness enjoyed some welcome relief Tuesday with cloudy conditions that allowed them to speed up their mopping up duties.

The fire, which has burned more than 10,000 acres since being unintentionally started a week ago, is 85 percent contained.

Firefighters - dressed in full gear, which includes boots, helmets and equipment - have been battling the blaze in daily temperatures in the high 70s and low 80s.

Juniper Springs Campground would be open Tuesday after being closed since March 10 because of the Juniper Fire, the U.S. Forest Service announced.

The canoe run was still closed.

The fire remained at 10,022 acres and 85 percent contained. Firefighters planned to continue to reinforce containment lines and suppress any spot fires. The Forest Service also planned to send a crew down Juniper Springs Run by canoe again Tuesday to fight spot fires along the run, according to an agency news release.

Forest Road 33 (old Forest Road 65) and Forest Road 46 (old Forest Road 10) remained closed.

The Florida Trail within the Juniper Wilderness and the Yearling Trail remained closed. Silver Glen Springs was open.
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