Brush fire that shutdown two highways Wednesday started as an accident

Crews said it was one hundred percent contained

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. - The Martin County brushfire that closed the Turnpike and Interstate 95 Thursday is one hundred percent contained according to Florida Forestry officials.

The 90 acre fire started on Pratt Whitney Road near South Fork High School.

Twenty crews remained on the scene Thursday putting out hotspots.

"The fire looks good as it is right now. There are no active flames or anything on the fire so we are just putting out hot spots and taking care of the stuff that is still smoldering," Tim Tolson with Florida Forestry said.

Tolson says the fire started in the area of a fifteen by fifteen foot controlled burn.

The burn was permitted.

"Wind moves embers around. The tiniest little sticks that are flaming can start it. This was a total accident and it does happen," Tolson said.

No charges are expected and forestry crews say the man who started the burn had plenty of people, plenty of equipment, and was following their guidelines to a "T."

 

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