Crews were able to contain two fires sparked by lightning in Port St. Lucie and Sebastian on Monday.
The St. Lucie County Fire District says lightning struck a tree in a Port St. Lucie neighborhood around 5:45 p.m. Monday in the 1900 block of SW Granello Terrace.
A small area of brush caught on fire around it, but firefighters put it out quickly.
At approximately 5:45 pm, B14 and E14 responded to reports of a brush fire in the 1900 block of SW Granello Terrace. The crew made a quick attack and kept the fire contained to the a tree struck by lightening and a small area of brush on either side. pic.twitter.com/bp0XnFHWgn
— StLucieFire (@StLucieFireDist) July 10, 2018
Fire in Sebastian
Lightning is also to blame for a small fire Monday in Sebastian.
The Florida Forest Service says the 0.3-acre wildfire near Blue Heron Way happened Monday around 2:55 p.m. when lightning struck a tree. They kept it contained and nothing was threatened.
No one was hurt in these two fires.
So far this year, the National Weather Service says five people have died from lightning strikes in Florida. That’s almost half of the total for the U.S.
They also say to protect yourself during a storm, make sure you are not the tallest thing in the area and when thunder roars head indoors.
Reported: 7/9/18: 14:55
Contained at 7/9/18:16:53
Nothing threatened pic.twitter.com/Gu8ysv1ukP
— FFS Okeechobee (@FFS_Okeechobee) July 9, 2018