Wildfire burns 20 acres in Port St. Lucie behind Tradition Field

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – A vehicle crash just after 11 a.m. somehow sparked a 20 acre brush fire behind Tradition Field with flames as high as 20 feet, officials said.

The brush fire, near Peacock and California boulevards in St. Lucie West, wasn't a threat to the stadium or any other structures as of noon, said Florida Forest Service spokeswoman Melissa Yunas. Thick woods made up of palmetto and pine trees were burning.

At 12:45 p.m., the fire was 75 percent contained, according to the Forest Service.

Although there wasn't much wind Saturday, the dry vegetation was ripe for fire, Yunas said.

She said it's common for vehicle crashes to cause brush fires. Even the heat from an exhaust can catch dry grass on fire.

Officials from the Florida Forest Service and the St. Lucie County Fire District continued Saturday afternoon to fight the blaze.