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Brush fire near Juno Dunes Natural Area 85% contained

The eight-acre brush fire in northern Palm Beach County is 85% contained, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.
Posted at 2:14 PM, Mar 30, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-30 18:48:23-04

JUNO BEACH, Fla. — The Florida Forestry Service said the 8-acre brush fire in the Juno Dunes Preserve is now 85% contained as it smoldered Wednesday afternoon.

“We’re just working on the fire line and making sure were keeping the fire within that 10 acres,” said Chris Wasil of Florida Forestry.

He said no homes or buildings were being threatened but strong winds coming off the ocean and the extremely dry conditions were providing fuel to the smoldering fire.

“It kind of works its way underground and as it comes underground and gets into this pine straw and it starts burning again," said Wasil.

Wasil said the Forestry Service has cut fire lines to prevent the fire from spreading and they were trucking in water along a dirt road into the preserve off Donald Ross Road.

He said they may have to keep watching the area at least until significant rain moves in later this week.

Heavy smoke caused the westbound lanes of the bridge on Donald Ross Road that spans the Intracoastal Waterway to be closed to traffic.

The cause of the fire has not been released.