Firefighters protect homes from wildfire in St. Lucie county

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. - A 10-acre brush fire Wednesday grew to 75 acres in northern St. Lucie County and several homes were evacuated for a time Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

By 5:45 p.m. the fire was 100% contained, according to the Florida Fire Service.

Firefighters are monitoring hot spots near homes.

St. Lucie County Fire District crews about 1:30 p.m. were called to the fire in the 5200 block of Tree Top Trail, which is north of Indrio Road and west of U.S. 1.

At one point the fire jumped a road and deputies went door to door telling people they needed to leave for their own safety.

One resident who lives in the heavily wooded area was nervous as the flames approached.

"I'm scared again. I mean I don't even want to live back there anymore because of this... I guess it's the Savannas or whatever keeps burning back there. It's a real hot spot and it's scary and my whole apartment is wood," said resident Doug Denno.

Firefighters will be patrolling the area overnight checking for hotspots and spraying water to keep the wildfire out.

So far no official cause.  The Florida Forest Service pinpointed the cause to an area near some downed power lines on Tree Top Trail.  But some residents wonder if a nearby controlled burn was to blame.

For several hours, thick smoke filled the neighborhood known as the Vikings.

"It smelled bad and it hurt my eyes," says Kevin Matish, whose family lives in the neighborhood.

That's why some people wore a breathing mask.  Residents say they're prepared after a big fire in March 2013 which covered 360 acres.

"It was really bad," says Rebecca Gregory.

That's why residents want St. Lucie County to make some improvements to this area and help prevent another fire.

"Hopefully they will pave the roads and put in some fire hydrants for the people that live out here," says Gregory.

Residents say they've been told these are private roads and therefore the county can't touch it.

 


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