Published: Dec 29, 2010 2:25 AM EST
Updated: Dec 28, 2010 4:43 PM EST

ALVA, Fla-The Florida Division of Forestry says an illegal burn sparked a brush fire that threatened several homes in Alva.

The 12 acre fire started behind a home in the 1800 block of Serenoa Court.

"I believe it was the people that owned the property that were doing the burning," said Victor Hill, a division of forestry spokesperson.

WINK News talked to a person who lives on the property, and he told us Judge Keith Cary, a circuit court judge in Fort Myers, owns the property.

Fire investigators are investigating who started the fire. They say whoever started the fire was trying to get rid of yard debris.

It's likely the person responsible for the illegal burn may receive a citation.