• Forestry Service: Friday's storms could spark another brush fire in Brevard County

    By: Kelly Healey , Q McCray

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    BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - Parts of a horse stable fire continued to smoke and burn Thursday after a massive brush fire scorched more than 300 acres near Port St. John, according to Brevard County Fire Rescue.

    "It was burning quick and fast," said Suzanna Norris, who runs Hidden Acres Rescue for Thoroughbreds. "The helicopter was dumping water. They were here quickly and managed to keep it at bay."

    The brush fire that started Wednesday has been 90 percent contained, the Brevard County Emergency Management Office said.

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    The fire shut down State Road 407 until 8:30 a.m. Thursday when troopers reopened the road. However, firefighters warn that smoke remains in the area.


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    The fire came within feet of homes, livestock and horses.

    "We saw a little bit of smoke, and before I knew, it was full-blown," homeowner Sharon Jacobs said. "I wasn't not for minute worried about my house or property because the firefighters came so quick and they were really on top of things."

    But the Florida Forestry Service said residents are not out of the woods just yet because Friday’s storms could spark another fire.

    Florida Forestry Service said when lightning strikes a tree, the fire burns from the inside out, waiting for the right conditions to spread to the rest of the vegetation in the area. That means a lightning strike on a tree could spark a fire days later.

    "Even now with that I know that, they are going to be on top of it," Jacobs said.

     


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