Most Central Florida brush fires contained

Last Updated: Thursday, February 16, 2017, 6:19 AM EST

Most of the several brush fires that were popping up throughout Central Florida that were fueled by strong winds on Wednesday are now under control due to the efforts of forestry crews.

However, there are no showers or storms predicted for Thursday to help with the efforts.


Brevard County

Early Thursday morning, Palm Bay Fire Dispatch confirmed that they were currently not working on an active brush fire. They added there is a control burn in the area, but the fire department is not actively working on a brush fire. 

On Wednesday, in southwest Palm Bay, around the "compound" area, the Florida Forest Service battled a 50-acre brush fire. Dubbed "Angora," the fire was near at Wingham Drive SW and Angora Street SW. There are several dozen homes in the area, but firefighters kept the flames at bay despite the strong winds blowing between 25 to 30 mph at times.

Fire crews from Palm Bay and the Florida Forestry Service surrounded the fire as it jumped canals. A Brevard Sheriff's Office helicopter flew over to gauge the size of the fire, unable to use large water buckets to help fight it due to the winds.

Just before 5 p.m., forestry officials said crews had the fire 100 percent contained.

Sarah Rahn and her four small children live about a quarter mile from the compound.

"It's worrisome, so we are keeping an eye out. ... The fact it's heading our way you can't help but be on alert," Rahn said.

This was not the first brush fire breaking out Wednesday; crews knocked down a wind aided flare up off Driftwood Street, and other fire is burning well out in the marsh.

A ton of smoke remains in the area and could linger into the overnight hours. Use caution while driving.

— Greg Pallone, staff

Flagler County

Forestry officials have closed State Road 11 in both directions between Haw Creek Road and County Road 304 near Cody's Corner, where crews were working to contain two brush fires totaling about 50 acres on both sides C.R. 304. Winds were blowing 15 to 20 mph in the area.

The "East Bimini fire" on S.R. 11 was about 150 acres as of 4:30 p.m. and moving. No structures were in danger at that time. At 7 p.m., officials said the fire was 60 percent contained.

“The wind isn’t helping us,” Flagler Fire Rescue Chief Don Petito said. “We are working diligently to get things under control.”

“So I was just kind of surprised to see 11 blocked off. I knew my granddaughter said there was a lightning strike and there was a fire. Earlier I got a little snap chat. But I was not expecting 11 to be totally blocked,” said Stacey Jenkins, Flagler County resident. 

County officials are asking motorists to stay out of the area. Those who must travel in the area are urged to use low-beam headlights.

Orange County

Forestry crews said a small brush fire popped up at Penny Lane Drive and Winter Garden Vineland Road and said structures were put in danger. At about 3:15 p.m., the state Forest Service said Orange County Fire had "knocked it down."

Seminole County

Florida Forestry officials said a 10-acre brush fire that ignited at 1550 Indian Cypress Trail had been "knocked down." Just before 3 p.m., officials said it was 90 percent contained.

Polk County

A brush fire that spanned hundreds of acres and prompted an evacuation of an entire subdivision that damaged one home and injured several animals has now been contained. Get the latest here

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Interactive map: Brush fire locations