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The Nation

Two firefighters were killed in the battle against a wildfire in central Florida, while other blazes scorched the Everglades and threatened a major power line that serves the Miami area. Two volunteer firefighters from Bushnell, about 45 miles west of Orlando, had just arrived at the scene of a grass fire in the median strip of Interstate 75 when a tractor-trailer hit their smoke-obscured pickup, crushing both men, the Florida Highway Patrol said. A fire emergency was declared in Broward and Palm Beach counties, north of Miami. The largest of the fires engulfed 2,700 acres of the Everglades in Broward County, and was approaching a Florida Power & Light transmission line, officials said.


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