Florida Brushfire 25% Contained; RV Park Saved

March 2, 2011 by   - () Comments Off on Florida Brushfire 25% Contained; RV Park Saved

A light rain was reported in parts of Florida’s north Brevard County this morning (March 2) as firefighters continue to roam the area surrounding scorched areas for hot spots stemming from a smoldering 16,000-acre brush fire, Florida Today reported.

No major flare-ups were reported overnight, hours after the Florida Division of Forestry reported that the massive “Iron Horse” blaze was 25% contained. Florida Highway Patrol troopers reported smoke in the area of Interstate 95 and Mims but no major visibility issues for motorists.

At the Crystal Lake RV Park in Scottsmoor, Leo Patterson of West Mifflin, Pa., was relieved to find that his 40-foot-long recreational vehicle survived . While he was staying overnight Monday at a Red Cross shelter in Mims, an ember melted a 3-foot-wide hole in the doormat outside his $189,000 RV.

“I’m happy,” said Patterson, 75. “All that burned was a $39.95 rug I bought at Wal-Mart.”

The Mims Volunteer Fire Department set up inside the park. In his 11 years with the department, Capt. Matt Johnson said he had never seen a brush fire with such erratic behavior.

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