Port Orange firefighters battled a brush fire Tuesday afternoon that skirted a residential area. Unofficial reports are that no one was injured and no homes were lost, but the fire appeared to be a close call for the Forest Preserve Boulevard area west of I-95. Port Orange Fire Rescue units responded to the area early Tuesday afternoon, and were also assisted by units from Daytona Beach, Edgewater and South Daytona. The Florida Forest Service also arrived and provided support with bulldozers. Port Orange Police directed traffic in the area. Unofficial reports were that firefighters were mopping up from the blaze early Tuesday evening.
Meanwhile, the National Weather Service in Melbourne issued a Red Flag Warning Tuesday afternoon for inland and coastal Volusia, Northern and Southern Lake, Orange, Seminole, Northern and Southern Brevard, Indian River and Okeechobee counties from 11 a.m. Wednesday until 7 p.m. Wednesday night. Forecasters say the Red Flag Warning means “…very favorable conditions [are expected] for the spread of wildfire.” Critically low humidity, gusty winds and dry vegetation are expected Wednesday, along with west to northwest winds around 15 to 20 miles per hour with higher gusts in the afternoon. Forecasters say “…outdoor burning is not recommended.”
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