Evacuations lifted in PSL following wildfire

Evacuations lifted in PSL following wildfire

Fire crews are on scene of a 70-acre wildfire in Port St. Lucie Thursday evening.

The fire started in the Southbend area of the 3000 block of Wake Road and spread toward the Turnpike.

Florida Forest Service said weather conditions caused the fire to grow.

As of 10:10 p.m. the 70-acre fire was 100 percent contained.

Approximately forty homes were threatened and had to be evacuated.

The neighborhood evacuation was lifted at 9:30 p.m., when Bella Road residents returned to their homes.

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Florida Power & Light was also on scene in case power lines and power poles caught fire.

Power remained on for residents.

According to Florida Forest Service officials, winds were coming out of the SE, gusting up to 15 mph.

Florida's Turnpike is closed in both directions at Mile Marker 138 at Becker Road to Mile Marker 152 at Okeechobee Road. It will remain closed throughout the night until driving conditions are suitable, officials said Thursday evening.

One southbound lane of Interstate 95 is also closed just north of Becker Road.

St. Lucie County Fire crews will remain on scene throughout the night. FFS will remain on scene until the fire is secure.

This developing story will be updated as more information becomes available. 

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