Fort Pierce wildfire update: Firefighters continue battling new fires throughout 200-acre wildfire

Investigators believe lightning sparked wildfire

FORT PIERCE, Fla. -- - The 200-acre fire burning along the Treasure Coast continued to pose as a threat to residents as crews worked for a third day to completely contain the blaze.

"We're supposed to have gusts up to 22 mph today. So for us that's pretty high," said Dale Armstrong of the Florida Forest Service.

On Tuesday, the fire remained 90% contained.

Forest service crews and firefighters with the St. Lucie County Fire Department were out again on Tuesday mopping up hot spots and knocking down dead trees on fire that posed as a risk.

"Well it's really dry today. The relative humidity is really low, my lips are chapped and the plants are having the moisture whipped out of them," said Armstrong.

Firefighters said the concern on Tuesday was the forecast of wind and low moisture. Crews predict the weather on Tuesday will cause more flame activity especially near the hottest part of Tuesday.

New lightning strikes also a worry for crews trying to completely contain the wildfire.

The fire index on Tuesday is "extreme" along the Treasure Coast according to the Florida Forest Service.

"We're in good shape today, we're in good shape for right now and we're going to pray we're going to stay in good shape for the rest of the week," said Armstrong.

Dozers as well as firefighters will continue to secure lines around homes in the impacted areas.  The Florida Forest Service will also have a fixed wing pilot flying in the air to look for new ignitions.

The wildfire that is burning in the northern part of Fort Pierce was caused by a strike of lightning according to investigators with the Florida Forest Service.

Investigators said they determined a thunderstorm moved in on Friday and by looking at a lightning map, found a negative lightning strike hit a tree in the woods of the St. Luice County Airport. The Florida Forest service said the fire went unnoticed until Sunday afternoon.
 

 

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