Okeechobee brush fire threatened homes

It has since been contained

OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, Fla. - A 10-acre wildfire threatened three homes in Okeechobee County Wednesday afternoon.

The fire began near NW 131st and 22nd Avenue after someone began burning in a backyard and the wind picked up.

The Florida Forest Service established fire breaks between homes and the fire.

They used a bulldozer to create the fire-breaks. As a result, officials say they were able to contain the fire and save the houses.

"Right now we're going to stay here until we feel comfortable, we're going to have crews here mopping up any hot spots near the line and anything around the structures. Once we feel comfortable nothing is going to happen, and the winds die down a little bit, we'll check in on it in the morning and have crews working on it again, " said Joe deBree, supervisor with the Florida Forest Service.

 

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