UPDATE: 15-acre brush fire in south county extinguished

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY – A 15-acre brush fire in pastureland off the 5000 block of 17th Street SW in the southern portion of the county has been extinguished.

The fire threatened one structure but crews were able to push the blaze back in time, according to Assistant Fire Chief Brian Burkeen.

“We’re just mopping it up,” Burkeen said of putting out the fire.

There were no road closures and no homes at risk.

The fire was located between two canals, making it difficult, initially, for crews to access the site to fight the blaze.

Four brush trucks, a couple engines and Division of Forestry officials were called to the scene.

No injuries were reported. A cause for the fire has yet to be determined.

Conditions are ripe for fires due to the lack of rain and strong winds.

Division of Forestry officials have been busy working four wildfires in Okeechobee County and are performing a 16,000-acre controlled burn west of Palm Bay in Brevard to battle a 2,600-acre wildfire.

Residents are urged to use caution when handling items that can cause sparks. In the event a fire is accidentally set, residents should call 911.

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