Fires force closure of preserve

What started out as a 90-acre wildfire in the Bluefield Preserve quickly became a 205-acre blaze that forced the preserve’s closure until further notice.

As of Tuesday, the preserve was still closed to the public and firefighters were continuing to monitor the area for flare ups. Bluefield Preserve is located in western St. Lucie County.

“It’s still smoking pretty good,” Florida Forestry Service spokeswoman Melissa Yunas said, noting there are plenty of hot spots to watch.

Lightning caused the fire last Saturday, April 28, which is 100 percent contained, according to Yunas. However, she said fire crews are concerned about high winds stirring up hot embers and transporting them beyond the containment line. There have been no injuries due to the fire and nothing was threatened.

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