Wildfire Temporarily Threatens Florida Park
A two- to three-acre fire broke out late Sunday afternoon (April 24) just west of the Fore Lake Campground in Florida’s Ocala National Forest, the Ocala Star-Banner reported.
Although the smoke was heavy and the area is dry, there was little wind and brush Sunday afternoon. Initial reports indicated that the fire did not appear to be a threat to any campers, structures or the campground, which is located at 14434 NW Highway 314, Marion County Fire-Rescue spokeswoman Miranda Inglesis said.
According to Inglesis, the Division of Forestry’s helicopter responded, as did the U.S. Forestry Service, which was plowing a fire break to keep the fire from jumping.
Marion County Fire-Rescue East Marion and Salt Springs stations also responded.
Marion County Sheriff’s deputies were on the scene in the event the 31-site campground needed to be evacuated and to handle crowd control.
“We are now protecting the area,” Inglesis said Sunday. “We are dual responding to make sure they don’t get out of control because it is dry.”
The cause of the fire was not known on Sunday.
“Our county is currently under a voluntary burn ban,” Inglesis said. “While we haven’t seen a grass fire in Marion County, please (people) still need to be careful. It’s still very dry outside. March is when grass fire season kicks off and it continues to get worse until June or July when summer rains start.”