Brush fire in Stuart completely contained

Posted by Rachel Leigh email

STUART, FL (WFLX) - A massive brush fire on the Treasure Coast broke out Wednesday afternoon causing residents to evacuate, roads to close, and four fire departments six hours to contain.

Update, WED 6:45: The fire is now 100 percent contained.

Update, WED 6:30 PM: The fire is now 85 percent contained. Helicopters have been using 350 gallon buckets to dump water over the neighborhoods.

One hundred homes have been evacuated.

Update, WED 5:50 PM: Felix A. Williams Elementary School will be closed Thursday, March 26.

Update, WED 4:52 PM: The northbound lane of US 1 has reopened.

Update, WED 4:45 PM: We've now received good news: 75 percent of the fire has been contained. So far no homes have been damaged, and there are no injures to report.

Update, WED 4:15 PM: The fire is now 500 feet away from homes; 18 are threatened.

Roads Closed:
  • Baker Road
  • Cardinal Avenue
  • Dixie Highway, north of Wright Boulevard

Update, WED 3:45 PM: A shelter is opening up for residents evacuated from their home. They are asked to report to the Flagler Recreation Center at 201 Flagler in Stuart (See Google Map below).

Update, WED 3:30 PM: Now, the fire involves more than 90 acres as opposed to 50. Thirty percent of the fire is contained.

Baker Road in Stuart is completely closed.

Wind is also a factor. Meteorologist John Matthews says the wind is blowing from the southeast at 21 to 25 mph.

Fortunately, no injuries to report as of now.

Previously: The fire has jumped Baker Road and is NOT contained. The fire is around 500 feet away from six homes.

There are at least four departments working this fire.

The fire is forcing the evacuation of Felix A. Williams Elementary School. The children have been taken to the gym of Martin County High School. Parents can pick up their children at the high school.

All homes on Baker Road have also been told to evacuate.

Parts of US 1 and Baker Road are shut down. The Martin County Fire Rescue is working the fire. The fire has spread to more than 50 acres. No homes are threatened but 25 mph winds have it spreading fast.

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The American Red Cross Martin County Chapter has placed a volunteer crew on standby to possibly provide canteen assistance to the fire fighters and law enforcement representatives now fighting the large brush fire in the Rio area.

If needed, the American Red Cross Martin County Chapter would respond with a mobile canteen unit providing water and ice for those on the scene of the blaze.

The Red Cross is also contingency planning for a Red Cross Shelter should conditions warrant any evacuations or should any homes be damaged by fire.

The American Red Cross Martin County Chapter is on a stand by status at this time.