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Crews continue to battle wildfire in northeast Lake County

RELEASE DATE: May 22, 2008

LAKE KATHRYN — A wildfire in the unincorporated Lake County community of Lake Kathryn that quickly grew to about 1,000 acres Wednesday afternoon continues to be the focus of multiple fire crews today as progress is being aided by light rain showers.

Additional information from the Tracy wildfire (new information in bold):

• Emergency officials lifted the evacuation notice for residents at 1 p.m. Thursday.

• Multiple units from the Lake County Fire Rescue Division, Florida Division of Forestry and U.S. Forest Service continue to work on the 1,000-acre fire that is estimated at 20 percent contained.

• The only road closed at this time is Forest Road 539.

• According to the American Red Cross, 21 evacuees sheltered at the First Baptist Church of Paisley overnight. The American Red Cross fed 250 evacuees, support personnel and emergency responders last night as well as an additional 110 for breakfast this morning.

• The Lake County Emergency Operations Center, located in the Lake County Administration Building in downtown Tavares, reactivated at a level 2 at 7 a.m. Thursday.

• The Lake County Citizens Information Line (352-253-9999) will be available to answer resident questions until 5 p.m. Thursday.

• Residents of Deerhaven Road were evacuated Wednesday afternoon as their homes were not necessarily in danger but their neighborhoods could be shut off from County Road 42 as the fire approached Deerhaven Road.

• The Lake County Health Department has issued a health advisory due to the wildfire smoke. Smoke is a respiratory irritant, and can cause scratchy throat, irritated eyes, nose and worsen conditions such as asthma and other chronic respiratory or lung conditions. If it is smoky outside avoid prolonged outdoor activities. It is especially important to limit time spent outdoors for children and persons with existing medical conditions.

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