Lightning sparks brush fire in Palmetto

Posted by MARC R. MASFERRER on June 17, 2014 

PALMETTO -- No injuries were reported in a Palmetto brush fire caused by a lightning strike about 7:30 p.m. Monday.

North River Fire District responded to the fire, which occurred near the 4900 block of Moccasin Wallow in Palmetto. It was declared under control by late Monday night.

“We had Florida Forest Service cut a control line around it,” said North River Fire District Captain Joe Sicking over the phone Tuesday afternoon. “They go in with bulldozer and cut a control line around the fire so it won’t spread.”

Sicking said the fire was in a deep wooded area and firemen had limited access to it, adding that they came out with their brush fire trucks to put it out when the sun came up Tuesday morning. The closest estimate Sicking had for an exact location for the fire was 5072 Moccasin Road.

The department received a call about the fire at 7:58 a.m. Monday.

By Tuesday afternoon, firemen with the North River Fire District were still putting out hot spots, said Sicking. He estimated the fire would be completely extinguished after 4 p.m.

Sicking said brush fires occur a lot more out east, such as in Duette and Myakka City.

“Not so much in the city, especially here (in Palmetto),” he said. “We have a lot of urban area.”

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