Fort Pierce wildfire update: Crews bringing specialized equipment to scene of rekindled wildfire
Fire about 90 percent contained
WPTV Web Team
7:17 AM, Apr 1, 2013
9:39 AM, Apr 1, 2013
FORT PIERCE, Fla. -- The Florida Forestry Service is planning on bringing in specialized equipment to the scene of what remains of a wildfire this morning that rekindled Sunday in Fort Pierce.
The fire rekindled and grew to 120 acres a week after a wildfire burned around 240 acres in the same area.
About 20 mobile homes in the Cypress Bay Mobile Home Park off U.S. 1 were threatened by the fire, but quick action by fire crews prevented the blaze from reaching them, said Melissa Yunas, spokeswoman for Florida Forestry Service.
Smoke from the fire may affect roads in the area Monday morning.
Most efforts Monday will be mopping up around the houses from March 24's 240-acre fire and around the mobile home community affected by Sunday's fire.
The majority of the 120-acre fire was in swamp land or marsh at Savannas County Preserve. The grass on top of the water was burned.
A Florida Forestry helicopter assisted in battling the fire.
As of 7:20 p.m. the fire was 90 percent contained and all roads had reopened in north St. Lucie County, except for northbound traffic on Turnpike Feeder Road from Spanish Lakes Country Club, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara.
A team of local American Red Cross volunteers are providing meals to the firefighters and other first responders.
Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers contributed to this report.