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Lightning sparks Clay County fire

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- Firefighters had to put out a small forest fire sparked by lightning in Clay County Monday evening, authorities said.

It started about 5 p.m. at a hunting camp near Bobby Padgett Road, neighbors told First Coast News. Capt. Bernita Bush with the Clay County Fire Department said firefighters had to cut the lock to the camp to reach the slow-moving fire.

At its peak, the fire measured about 100 square feet, but crews quickly put it out, Capt. Bush said. There was no property damage to the camp or any of the surrounding structures.

Brandi Shaffer, who lives on Bobby Padgett Road, said she was the one who called 911.

"The fire spread some and some ash was falling from the sky," Shaffer said in an e-mail. "It looked like it was snowing on our property."

Shaffer said the fire could have been much worse had it not been for the fire department's quick response. "The woods next to our house is (sic) around 2,000 acres and there are other residents that live near it as well that would have been effected (sic)."

There's a low risk for forest fires since Clay County has seen heavy rainfall this year, Capt. Bush said. Even so, she urged residents to take care because fires can thrive even if it's raining.


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