Martin County brush fire, which forced traffic to be rerouted, has been contained

JENSEN BEACH, Fla. - The Martin County Sheriff’s Office had to reroute traffic in Jensen Beach for a time Wednesday due to an out-of-control brush fire.

The 90 acre fire has since been contained

Deputies shut down Green River Parkway and Savannah Road as well Jensen Beach Boulevard and Goldenrod Road.

No homes were damaged.

One deputy was being treated for smoke inhalation, according to a tweet from the Martin County Sheriff's Office.

Fire Rescue spokesman Jon Belding said a planned burn at the Savannas Preserve State Park may have jumped and caused the brush fire some time before 2 p.m.

"We had a couple of fronts that came in. Got out if control and blew it more to the east that's why we shut down US-1, Green River Parkway as well as all of Jensen Beach Boulevard for safety reasons," said Martin County Community Operations & Emergency Management Director Stephen Leighton.

“We have never seen a fire whirl that tall before and that wide before. And dealing with something that intense, Mother Nature. It was very extreme we didn't know if we'd be able to hold it and contain it and there was a possibility of it spotting towards the houses," said Melissa Yunas with the Florida Forest Service.

More than 25 firefighters fought the blaze.

Laurie K. Blandford, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, contributed to this report


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