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Smoky Conditions Can Be Hazardous to Your Health
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Smoky Conditions Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Smoke lingered in downtown Jacksonville Sunday and all around the First Coast.

According to the Division of Forestry, 200,000 acres were burning within a 50 mile radius of Jacksonville.

First Coast News has received reports of heavy smoke in Mandarin, on the Southside, in St. Augustine, and throughout St. Johns County.

Some medical experts say breathing the smoke from brush fires can cause wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, runny nose and watery eyes.

Dr. Andrew Schare of St. Vincent's Medical Center said the smoke should not  "have too much impact on healthy people, but people with chronic lung disease like asthma and COPD certainly can get a flare up of the disease from his smoke."

However, Schare says he has not seen an influx of people coming in with health related problems due to the smoke.

But he also says he hasn't seen it this smoky in the last ten years that he's been here.

Lois Seibler of Riverside said she notices the smoke in the morning and evenings.  She said, "you go outside and you notice you're scratching your eyes more and you're squinting."

Others have complained of headaches and breathing problems.

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