Lightning caused several wildfires on Tuesday

It's only Tuesday but firefighters on the Treasure Coast have already been very busy this week. There are four active wildfires. All were caused by lightning and the Florida Forest Service warns we're not out of the woods yet.

Lightning caused a 12-acre wildfire in Sebastian in Indian River County on Tuesday. The Forest Service says it also sparked a wildfire in Martin County.
 
"A big storm blew through here really fast," says resident Marvin Loisell, "We heard a lot of lightning."
 
Loisell lives in Hobe Sound. The wildfire began right behind his house.
 
"About 10, 15 minutes after that we could smell the smoke and I happened to start looking around and seeing the fire was out back," says Loisell.
 
The wildfire grew to 40 acres before it was contained. Loisell used his motor scooter to escort emergency crews through thick brush. 
 
"You can get lost back there real easily," says Loisell.
 
The Florida Forest Service says the Hobe Sound fire was caused by lightning. Wildfire Mitigation Specialist Melissa Yunas says it's not a typical rainy season.
 
"We should be seeing a lot more rainfall and less lightning activity," says Yunas.

The lack of rain could mean more trouble for fire crews.
 
"My concern for the rest of the week is we're gonna see an increase in lightning caused wildfires unless we start getting some rain," says Yunas.
  
Typically, lightning only causes about 20% of all wildfires. But this week on the Treasure Coast it's 100 percent.


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