Brush fire burns more than 100 acres in The Acreage

Brush fire burns more than 100 acres in The Acreage

THE ACREAGE, Fla. - UPDATE:  Firefighters continue to battle a 108-acre brush fire near Grapeview Boulevard and 100th Lane North in the Acreage.  

According to the Florida Forest Service, the fire is currently 75 percent contained.

The spokesman said no structures are in danger at this point. The people previously told evacuated from their homes have been allowed to return.  

Fire crews tell us this fire has been difficult to fight because it is in a heavily wooded area.

"We were not able to get to it with out large trucks," said Albert Borroto with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.  "Forestry can get in there because they have the bulldozers. We do have several brush trucks that are in there, but even they have limited access to put water on this fire."

Firefighters will remain on scene to monitor the fire overnight and in the morning.


EARLIER REPORT: Fire crews responded to a 60-acre brush fire in The Acreage Wednesday afternoon.

Twelve homes on Grapeview from 95th to 100th were told to evacuate as a precaution, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.

“If it gets any closer we will have to evacuate the rest of the homes in this area because they all back up to a canal and there won’t be any way for residents to exit. If it gets to that point. Right now, we’re not there,” said Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Captain Albert Borroto, RN, EMT-P.

Residents who evacuated were let back into their homes around 7 p.m.

When Veronica Spence got to her home on Grapeview Boulevard this evening, she didn't know what to expect. 

"My neighbor called and said it as right in front of my house, so I was worried," said Spence. 

Spence was at work when firefighters began battling the blaze. Neighbors were relaying information back to her at work, letting her know tall flames and think smoke could be seen over the trees in front of her home. 

"I was devastated, I was really upset," added Spence.

Although the evacuations were not mandatory, it got Spence thinking if she would have known what to take with her. 

"That's one of the things that we really should do ,but we don't have anything in place, but we should do that," added Spence. 

The American Red Cross suggests having a disaster kit ready to go. It could be a backpack with all of the important documents you need that you don't already keep in your wallet. You should also have a few changes of clothes, medicine to last you a couple of days, and copies of your insurance paperwork and any other documents you might need. 

The area is near The Acreage west of Palm Beach Gardens and southwest of the Beeline Highway.

The Florida Forest Service has bulldozers on the scene and is being assisted by Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.

The Forest Service suspects lightning caused the fire.

As of 6:00 p.m. the fire was 30% contained.

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