BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — A wildfire in Brevard County damaged 10 homes and destroyed five on Friday.
7:30 p.m. update:
Officials said Friday evening that 10 homes were damaged and five were destroyed in the Persimmon Fire in Brevard County.
The Florida Forest Service said the fire is 100% contained, but crews are monitoring for any hot spots.
Channel 9 has a crew on the ground gathering more details and will have continuing coverage on Eyewitness News.
3:40 p.m. update:
Brevard County officials confirmed that eight homes have been damaged, and four homes have been destroyed due to the so-called “Persimmon Fire” in Brevard County.
The Florida Forest Service said the fire is now 80% contained.
Officials said the cause of the fire is still unknown and under investigation.
Officials received a call about a 3-acre fire around noon and 50 homes in the area were evacuated.
One firefighter was taken to a hospital due to heat exhaustion.
3:25 p.m. update:
The Florida Forest Service confirmed the the wildfire, called the Persimmon Fire, is 15 to 20 acres in size, not including slop-overs.
The fire is also around 65% contained.
Officials are planning to hold a media conference at 3:30 p.m.
3 p.m. update:
Brevard County officials now say that at least 10 homes have been damaged by the fire.
Firefighters said they have evacuated at least 50 homes as they try to contain the fire.
Residents who were evacuated have been taken to Brevard County Fire Station 28 at 4870 U.S. 1, near Cocoa.
See original story below:
A large brush fire forced the evacuation of several homes near Port St. John on Friday.
Fire crews reported that at least one home may have caught fire in the blaze.
Witnesses reported seeing a large column of smoke in the area of U.S. 1 and Camp Road just after 1 p.m.
See photos of the fire below:
See a map of the scene below:
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