Wildfire shuts Southwest Citrus Boulevard in Palm City

A brush fire shut down Southwest Citrus Boulevard in Palm City for a couple hours in both directions near Markel Street.

The fire spread to seven acres, according to the Florida Fire Service. It began around 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Three homes were threatened and some people were forced to evacuate including Jeannie Gonzalez.

She called 911 after she saw flames in her backyard.  

"First thought was just getting the animals and myself out and praying that the rest of the place didn't burn down," says Gonzalez.

A friend used a garden hose to keep the flames away from her house.

More than two dozen Martin County firefighters responded to the fire.  The Florida Forest Service used a helicopter to drop water on the fire.  It poured nearly 9,000 gallons on the flames.

"Trying to protect all the homes and keep the fire contained," says pilot Larry Davis.

Smoke was thick in some areas and the vegetation made it difficult for firefighters to work.  The Forest Service brought in equipment to dig line and contain the fire.  

One Martin County firefighter was hurt after she was thrown from a brush truck that hit a tree. A spokesperson says she was taken to Lawnwood trauma center for observation.  

Firefighters worked Friday night to put out hotpots.  

Gonzalez was allowed back in home Friday evening. She's relieved her animals and house are safe.

The fire was 100% contained Friday evening. The mop up will continue Saturday until fire is dead out, officials say.

 

 

 


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