Homes evacuated, firefighters working 2 wildfires in St. Lucie and Martin counties

Four Port St. Lucie homes evacuated
Posted: 2:20 PM, Mar 23, 2018
Updated: 2018-03-23 19:45:33-04
2 new wildfires in St. Lucie and Martin counties
2 new wildfires in St. Lucie and Martin counties

MARTIN AND ST. LUCIE COUNTIES, Fla. -- Two wildfires developed Friday afternoon, one in St. Lucie County and one in Martin County.

Port St. Lucie Police evacuated four homes near the Van Kleff wildfire. They are beginning to allow some residents to return, but still have concerns about power lines.

In St. Lucie county, both county and state firefighters are working a 15-acre fire off SE Van Kleff Avenue and SE Bakersfield Street. That fire is now 100 percent contained.

According to the Florida Forest Service (FFS), the St. Lucie County Fire District has extensive hoses set up in the woods for suppression and a firefighting bulldozer is encircling the fire, building firebreaks to defend three homes that are currently threatened.

That fire is located about 3/10 of a mile from the Treasure Coast Square Mall near Club Med. FFS says the fire is moving southwest towards SE Montrose Lane.

In Martin County, firefighters are working a large brush fire in the area behind the Treasure Coast Square Mall in Jensen Beach near Stuart Point Apartments. As of 5:30, officials say the fire is 100 percent contained.