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Photo: California Department of Forestry firefighter Brad Lowry, right, speaks with a Los Angeles firefighter after watering down a a nearby hillside while helping fight an approaching wildfire in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles, Tuesday, May 8, 2007. (Kevork Djansezian/AP Photo)
Wildfires Hit Los Angeles Park and Florida Swamplands, While Floods Threaten the Heartland
Biblical Weather, Coast to Coast
Rescue crews have their hands full coast to coast as floods and fires have hit several parts of the country.
Flooding along the Missouri River has put several towns under water in Kansas, Iowa and Missouri, and forced thousands to evacuate. Some areas received up to eight inches of water in one day. Some towns could be hit as hard as the devastating floods of 1993.
In Florida, authorities evacuated about 300 homes in the northern part of the state as two fires covering 130,000 acres -- about 203 square miles -- continued to rage on the Georgia-Florida line. Florida officials warned that they might soon need help if the blazes grew out of control. Heavy smoke reduced visibility across the state.
In Georgia, a 107,000-acre blaze in Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge was called the largest blaze in state history and was nearing part of the park that has served as a fire crew command post. Another fire 10 miles away covered 40,000 acres.
And in the wilderness of northeastern Minnesota, a wildfire has burned at least 25 square miles and destroyed 40 structures. The fire has now spread north into Canada.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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Wildfires Raging in Florida, Georgia and Minnesota
Authorities evacuated about 300 homes in north Florida as two fires totaling 130,000 acres continued to rage on the Georgia-Florida border.
Meanwhile, a wildfire in northern Minnesota has already destroyed 40 homes and buildings, and brush fires in Georgia and northern Florida have charred more than 200 square miles.
In the Midwest, a wildfire near the Canadian border in northeastern Minnesota had burned 16,266 acres since it was spotted Saturday. It destroyed around 40 buildings, including multimillion-dollar homes, and forced more than 100 people to evacuate.
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