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Southside Fire Smolders, Blankets Neighbors With Smoke
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Southside Fire Smolders, Blankets Neighbors With Smoke

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Smoke continues to be an issue in a neighborhood just east of Southside Boulevard.

But fire officials insist the homes off Peach Drive and Forest Boulevard are safe.

"It's tough to breath at times," one neighbor told us. "But it comes and it goes as the winds shift."

The fire fight has become tough as well. The brush fire is in a dried out swamp, an area that the Division of Forestry says wouldn't typically burn because it's so wet.

However, lack of rainfall and the extreme drought we're in has left a lot of dried out fuel.

"It's frustrating to know what you have to do, but you can't quite get it done," said Ken Harwood with the Forestry Division.

Although the surface is dry, conditions are still soft and muddy underneath the fire, which makes getting bulldozers in to cut a line nearly impossible.

They pulled the tractors out after one was stuck in the mud.

"It's an ugly place to fight a fire," said Forester Jim Volkman.

In all eight acres have burned, and at the last report just 25% of it has been contained.

Still, officials insist no homes are in danger.

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