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Daytona firefighters battle brush fire at LPGA golf course Sunday

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Update Sunday evening, June 29, 2014.

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Firefighters will be monitoring the fire near the LPGA subdivision Sunday evening and overnight, according to Lt. Larry Stoney with the Daytona Beach Fire Department. He added that the fire is considered under control but not contained, and is estimated to be around 45 acres in size.

Precautions for LPGA and Bayberry Lakes residents.

Lt. Stoney also said residents in the LPGA area should monitor local news media for updates on the fire. Residents of the LPGA and Bayberry Lakes communities with breathing problems or a history of asthma should also remain indoors for the next several days “…due to smoke that will linger in the area.”

Original article:

Firefighters have been fighting a brush fire at the LPGA Golf Course west of Daytona Beach Sunday. The fire was reported at around 2pm as storms formed west of I-95. The fire may have been started by a lightning strike, according to spokesperson Lt. Larry Stoney with the Daytona Beach Fire Department. Units with the Volusia County Fire Services and the Florida Forest Service have also been assisting the Daytona Beach Fire Department at the scene, according to Volusia County spokesperson Pat Kuehn and a tweet from @volusiafire. The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office helicopter also assisted firefighters early in the afternoon in locating where the heart of the fire was in the golf course area. Lt. Stoney reported the size of the fire at around five acres Sunday afternoon.

About an hour after the fire started, storms pushed south-southeast, blowing smoke from the fire into the Champion’s Gate community south of the area, and also along I-95 in the area of the Daytona Beach Farmers Market and the I-4 interchange. By 4 p.m., the storms had largely cleared the area. Smoke from the fire could then be seen blowing west of the LPGA area. The main area of the fire appeared to be east of the Daytona City water plant along LPGA Boulevard by late Sunday afternoon.

Units from Daytona Beach Fire Stations 7, 6 and 4 responded to the scene. Smoke from the blaze could be seen from around the area, including the LPGA community, Champion’s Gate community and the Bayberry Lakes community west of LPGA Boulevard.

In a tweet early Sunday, the National Weather Service in Melbourne warned of strong, gusty winds during thunderstorms Sunday. Forecasters also reported gusts with some storms at 40 to 50 miles per hour.

For Sunday night, forecasters say there is a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the Daytona Beach area. Lows will be around 76 overnight, with north winds at 10 to 15 miles per hour, although there could be gusts up to 20 miles per hour.

Click here to visit the Daytona Beach Fire Department website.

You can contact this writer at mroyer5@yahoo.com

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