The 1,500- acre fire of County Road 1475 is one of four fires set off on friday that agriculture law enforcement investigators are calling "suspicious" in nature.
A fifth was set accidentally.
Last memorial day weekend, an arsonist started a half a dozen fires in the same part of Alachua county but was never caught.
Whether arson is to blame for Friday's fires, is still under investigation.
Debbie Howard says she was on her way home from the store when she noticed the smoke and flames.
"It just took off, it was spreading out, every which way," she said.
Howard witnessed a section of the 1,500-acre blaze that's still moving rapidly toward homes on County Road 225.
Florida Forest Service Spokesperson Ludie Bond says though conditions are dry, four of Friday's fires are being investigated as "suspicious."
"This time last year, we did have an arsonist in the area, especially around the racetrack road area that was setting fires as emergency crews were responding to other wild fires," she said.
Howard and her neighbors are doing what they can to protect what they have, like re-enforcing their own containment lines around barns and homes.
"You have to just keep moving on...our lives is what's important," she said.
A shelter has been opened at Trinity United Methodist in Gainesville for alachua county residents who may soon have to evacuate their homes.
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