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(Jacksonville, FL) The Salvation Army dispatched the Jacksonville mobile kitchen unit (canteen) to serve emergency responders and others affected by the brushfires near Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park in Nassau County. The fire started around noon Tuesday while the Florida Park Service was doing a prescribed burn on the reserve.
Initially, the fire was controlled to 70 acres, but authorities said weather caused the flames to spread
to roughly 400 acres.
Mike Work, a supervisor with the Florida Forest Service, said Wednesday morning the same amount of acreage is still burning. However, Work said the fire is 70 percent contained to an area north of Cedar Point and east of Nungezer Road. He said crews overnight had help from moist conditions and that the weather is more favorable to putting out the flames Wednesday.
The mobile kitchen, or "canteen", departed midday Tuesday and has since served over 400 meals and distributed nearly 1,000 drinks to Jacksonville Fire and Rescue personnel, the Florida Forest Service, and others disaster relief volunteers assisting in the firefighting efforts.
The canteen and its volunteers will continue to feed and hydrate emergency personnel until the fires are no longer a threat to residents in the area.
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The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 129 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. www.salvationarmyjax.org.