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Despite Rain, 200+ Fires Still Burning In Florida

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TALLAHASSEE (CBS4) – Florida firefighters are still battling more than 200 wildfires, despite rainfall over much of the state.

Most of the fires are burning in north Florida.

The largest fire as of early Wednesday was in Baker County, just west of Jacksonville in northeastern Florida. Firefighters there reported they had 85 percent containment on a blaze covering more than 12,000 acres. Seven new fires were reported Tuesday.

Rains in the southern two-thirds of the state have extinguished roughly 200 other wildfires in the past week.

Two firefighters were killed last week in Hamilton County in north Florida when a small, smoldering wildfire flared up and trapped them. Two of their colleagues trying to rescue them were injured, but have recovered.

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