Prescribed fire at Everglades National Park HQ

I have conducted prescribed fires near structures, but not THIS close.

Fire in Indian River County, Florida

Above: Aerial photo of the fire in Blue Cypress Conservation Area, October 24, 2016. Florida Forest Service.

(UPDATED at 1:30 p.m. EDT October 25, 2016)

The Florida Forest Service reported today that the wildfire east of Vero Beach, named the Johnny Marsh Fire, self-extinguished when the grass fire reached willow trees. The estimate of 1,000 acres will be updated after an aerial recon Tuesday afternoon.

The photo below is from Monday.

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(Originally published at 5:14 p.m. EDT October 24, 2016)

The Florida Forest Service is responding to a wildfire in Indian River County in the Blue Cypress Conservation Area 19 miles west of Vero Beach. At 4 p.m. EDT they reported it was about 1,000 acres, and three miles long (north-south) by 1 miles wide.

The fire was reported Sunday evening and continues to grow on Monday.

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Map showing heat detected at a wildfire by a satellite at 12:30 p.m. EDT October 24, 2016.
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Aerial photo of the fire in Blue Cypress Conservation Area, October 24, 2016. Florida Forest Service.

Painting with flame

 

Burning Florida Video

Jennifer Brown, who has produced at least six excellent short films featuring wildland fire, partnered with the former Fire Management Officer at Everglades National Park, Rick Anderson, to make this video, Burning Florida. The footage was gathered at a prescribed fire last week in the Florida Dry Prairie at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park. The film has shots from the air (quadcopter) and ground along with the dedication from Mr. Anderson.

Florida Forest Service demonstrates their tracked firefighting vehicle

Florida Forest Service tracked vehicle
A Florida Forest Service firefighter demonstrates for a reporter the use of a nozzle from one of their tracked firefighting vehicles. Screen shot from the video below.

The Florida Forest Service gave WSVN a look at one of their tracked firefighting vehicles.

Long Pine Key Fire in Everglades National Park

The fire is burning between the Main Park Road and the Nike Missile Base.

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The yellow, brown, and red dots represent heat on the Long Pine Key Fire detected by a satellite.

The Long Pine Key Fire, which started on April 10, has burned about 4,709 acres in Everglades National Park in south Florida. It started near Long Pine Key Campground and with 20 mph winds quickly spread through pine rocklands and prairies south of the Main Park Road. It has threatened several park resources and structures and reduced visibility on roads.

A portion of the fire is burning in an area recently treated with a prescribed fire. The reduction in fuels benefits firefighters, making the fire easier to control.

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Map of the Long Pine Key Fire in Everglades National Park. The Park reports the latest data shows the fire has burned 4,709 acres.

As of April 12, the Main Park Road is open. There is a 2-mile section of the Main Park Road towards Flamingo where cars are being escorted by Law Enforcement rangers. Royal Palm and Flamingo Visitor Centers are open. Research Road and the Nike Missile Base remain closed.

Wildfire in Martin County, Florida burns 136 acres

Firefighter takes compelling photos of Florida wildfire.

All photos by firefighter Dave Grubich.

A fire in Martin County, Florida burned 136 acres Sunday night and early Monday morning before firefighters stopped the spread at 3:21 a.m. near Fox Brown Road.

Wildland firefighter Dave Grubich took these excellent photos from inside a firefighting dozer building containment line.

One of the challenges the dozer operators faced on the fire were the wet areas, and avoiding becoming mired in the mud.

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Martin Co Dave Grubich wildfire

Below, burning embers carried through the air created new fires, spot fires.

Martin Co Dave Grubich wildfire

Mr. Grubich’s photos provided by Okeechobee Florida Forest Service, @FFS_Okeechobee.