|Published:||Jun 17, 2011 4:41 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Jun 17, 2011 4:41 AM EDT|
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla -- The Division of Forestry tells WINK News a 50-acre brush fire burning in Charlotte County is 95 percent contained. That will be their last update until Friday. The fire started by a power pole box breaking, arching and sparking.
The fire started as 10-acres but quickly grew to 50-acres in the Rotunda area of Charlotte County.
"I'm concerned because literally our whole front yard is nothing but dust," said M.C. Hutchinson, a homeowner.
Hutchinson watched and waited for hours as a 50-acre brush fire burned across the street from her home.
"When I first saw it, I was a bit concerned, making sure it wasn't too close to jump the road," said Hutchinson.
Over 25 fires burned in Charlotte County this week alone. Some fires forced residents out of their homes. Its why firefighters suggest keeping your yard clean, green and lean.
"Have debris away from your house. Clean off your roof and gutters, around your porch," said Pat Mahoney, with the Division of Forestry.
Fire crews have battled brush fires around the clock for days and are feeling it.
"We're tired and we do what we have to do," said Mahoney.
In Charlotte County, no homes have been lost and no one has been hurt. Its why Hutchinson said she's thankful for those fighting the flames on the front lines.
"I'm amazed at the fireman and what they are able to do and get it under control," said Hutchinson.
Fire crews will remain at the fire monitoring hot spots.
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