|Published:||Jan 06, 2011 12:16 AM EST|
|Updated:||Jan 05, 2011 2:51 PM EST|
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.-- The fire along Gasparilla Road and Linwood Road in Rotonda is under control, but the fire chief says it could smolder for weeks, or even months.
Charlotte County firefighters worked throughout the night to control the fire located at the corner of Linwood Road and SR 771.
The fire began Tuesday at approximately 1:30 p.m.
Response to the fire included not only multiple Charlotte County Fire/EMS fire and rescue units, but mutual aid from Boca Grande Fire Department, Englewood Area Fire Control District, North Port Fire Rescue, Punta Gorda Fire Department, and Division of Forestry.
A helicopter and bucket were also used in attempt to suppress the fire.
The Charlotte County Chapter of the American Red Cross responded to the scene to provide hydration and nutrition for emergency workers.
The fire continues to burn due to the amount of fuel consisting of mulch, wood, and debris.
Investigators believe a spark escaped an incinerator used to burn yard waste, creating a small fire.
When the owner of the property tried to put it out, he was unable to because a broken pipe had cut off his water supply.
It's not the first time this location has caught fire.
Several years ago a massive fire erupted, prompting the owner to put safety measures in place.
The previous fire required 700,000 to be extinguished.
Department of Environmental Protection officials are on scene to make sure the incinerator was being operated properly.