Second wildfire on Curry Island

GLADES COUNTY — County and State Firefighters responded to a small wildfire east of
State Road 78 and South of Curry Island Road on April 10 at 2:11 p.m. Due to limited access with heavy firefighting apparatus in unstable soil, the tactic of suppression used was to conduct a burn-out operation. Using drip torches and the south east wind, firefighters removed the fuel source of the fire by fighting fire with fire.

The wildfire will not be fully contained tonight, April 11. There is a possibility that an additional burnout will be conducted this week.

This is the second wildfire on Curry Island; Curry Road Wildfire was reported on April 9 at 4:03 p.m. The wildfire was controlled at 61.7 acres at on April 10 at 6:03 p.m.

On the west side of Lake Okeechobee, during a drought, wetlands dry out exposing aquatic vegetation to sunlight. The lack of moisture content in the vegetation makes the vegetation susceptible to ignition.

Containment versus Controlled?
Contained – The status of a wildfire suppression action signifying that a control line has been completed around the fire, and any associated spot fires, which can reasonably be expected to stop the fire’s spread. The percentage goes up corresponding to containment line plowed by FL Forest Service dozer-plow unit. Controlled= Dead

Safety Message:
Smoke impacts on State Road 78 – – – Where there is fire, there is ultimately smoke, and smoke does not mix well with safe driving. Unforeseen changes in weather may create conditions where visibility on roadways is seriously impaired. Under these conditions drivers need to be cautious. The best decision is not to drive in fog or smoke. If you must drive under these conditions, there are actions that every driver should take to protect themselves and their passengers:
• Slow down!
• Use windshield wipers in heavy fog
• Turn on your low-beam headlights (4) Report the hazards to 911.

For more tips: search “Smoke Brochure”.

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