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High winds whipped small brush fires into larger ones on Florida's southwestern coast, but rain left the rest of the state "generally in good shape" after thousands of acres burned, officials said. In northeastern Florida, fires that had destroyed or damaged 550 homes and scorched 21,500 acres in Flagler County's Palm Coast, north of Daytona Beach, were "virtually out," said Paul Wills, a spokesman for the state Division of Forestry.

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