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Fire danger could rise this week despite recent rainfall

Posted at 5:14 PM, Apr 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-01 03:29:58-04

Heavy smoke from a 600-acre brush fire forced troopers to shut down Interstate 95 in southern Brevard County Monday morning, causing some Treasure Coast commuters to find a different way to work.

There is fear on the Treasure Coast, despite rain last week, that dry conditions could create a perfect situation for a brush fire to ignite.

James Hall of the Florida Forest Service was prepping his dozer Monday. "Lots of heavy fuels are burning," said Hall.

He responded to two fires this past weekend.

Florida Forest Service Wildfire Mitigation Specialist Melissa Yunas says there's a lot of dry vegetation still out there east and west of I-95.

High winds are not helping as well.

Norma Laguna in Port St. Lucie has been evacuated twice due to brush fires. Se knows even with some rainfall, the threat remains.

"Not looking forward to another fire," said Laguna.

The fire danger on the Treasure Coast ranges from moderate to high.