|Officials from several agencies are participating in a combined effort to battle the wildfire in northern St. Lucie County. The blaze has consumed an estimated 120 acres, which is 60 percent contained at this time. The fire has moved into a marsh north of US1 and is actively burning
There has been damage to homes and several sheds have been destroyed. Over 1,000 homes have been saved. Community damage/destroyed breakdown:
· Heatherway – 2 homes with significant damage, 2 homes with roof damage
· Indian Pines – no damage
· Tree Tops – no damage
· Slash Pine – 1 shed destroyed
Southwind – no damage
More than 100 people from the Florida Forest Service, St. Lucie County Fire District, Martin County Fire Rescue, Indian River County Fire District, St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Pierce Police Department, St. Lucie County Emergency Management and the Red Cross are on scene at this time.
As of 7:20pm, the Sheriff’s Office announced that all roads are open and residents are being permitted to return to their homes. Many will find there is no power and those residents who are electricity dependent are encouraged to contact the Red Cross for assistance. When you return home, there might be smoldering hot spots and active flames. Firefighters will be actively working hot spots. Use caution when returning home.
Smoke will be a major concern tonight and tomorrow morning. Please use caution while driving. Turn on your headlights and drive slow. If you have health concerns, please close your windows and turn off your vents. If you feel ill, contact your doctor.