Brush fire in south Florida originated from lightning strike


NEW VIDEO. JUST INTO OUR NEWSROOM SHOWING JUST HOW BAD SMOKE IS IN WESTERN SAINT LUCIE COUNTY, RIGHT THERE ON THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY LINE. THIS IS ALL DUE TO A BRUSH FIRE RIGHT NEAR BLUEFIELD ROAD. VIEWERS HAVE BEEN TELLING US THIS MORNING THEY CAN SMELL SMOKE FROM MILES AWAY. AS TREASURE COAST BUREAU REPORTER CALEB CALIFANO REPORTS, THIS FIRE IS NOT FROM A CONTROLLED BURN. YOU MAY HAVE SEEN THE SMOKE FROM THIS FIRE HERE IN WESTERN SAINT LUCIE COUNTY BURNING OVER THE WEEKEND. TODAY WE’RE LEARNING MORE ABOUT HOW THIS FIRE STARTED AND WHAT THE FOREST SERVICE IS DOING TO CONTAIN IT. THIS MORE THAN 250 ACRE FIRE OFF OF BLOOMFIELD ROAD, MAKING WESTERN SAINT LUCIE COUNTY TO EVEN SEBRING A SMOKY MESS TODAY, THE FLORIDA FOREST SERVICE DROVE US OUT TO THE FIRE TO GET A CLOSER LOOK AT WHAT IS DONE. SO FAR, WE’VE LEARNED THAT THE FIRE HAS BEEN BURNING SINCE LAST THURSDAY AND STARTED FROM A LIGHTNING STRIKE. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT AROUND 80% OF THE FIRE IS CONTAINED AND IS NO THREAT TO ANY RESIDENCES. THE ONLY THING THAT’S GOING TO IMPACT THE COMMUNITIES WITH IS GOING TO BE SMOKE AND PARTICULATE MATTER. SO IF YOU’RE ASTHMATIC, YOU HAVE COPD, YOU’RE SENSITIVE TO THINGS LIKE THAT. IT IS GOING TO PUT THAT STUFF IN THE AIR THAT CAN BOTHER YOU WITH IT BEING SO DRY. THE FOREST SERVICE TELLS ME FIRES LIKE THIS ONE CAN START AND SPREAD QUICKLY. AND WHILE THIS ONE WAS FORTUNATELY IN A RURAL AREA AND MORE RESIDENTIAL AREAS, PEOPLE NEED TO BE SMART NOT TO DO ANYTHING THAT COULD ACCIDENTALLY START A FIRE. YOU HAVE TO BE COGNIZANT OF WHAT’S GOING ON AROUND YOU. AGAIN, THE FOREST SERVICE SAYS THIS FIRE IS AROUND 80% CONTAINED AT LAST CHECK, AND THEY’LL BE USING DIFFERENT EQUIPMENT LIKE BULLDOZERS TO MAKE SURE IT DOESN’T SPREAD ANY FURTHER. IN SAI

Brush fire in western St. Lucie County originated from lightning strike

Updated: 1:07 PM EDT May 6, 2024

A brush fire spanning over 250 acres near Blue Field Road in western St. Lucie County has prompted concern among residents due to heavy smoke. The fire, which started last…

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