The fire in Central Park was small and quickly out out, but other fires are burning across Flagler County. Fire chiefs are reminding residents of the burn ban in effect. That means no Memorial Day weekend bonfires.
The fires range from an acre to 20 acres, and were all triggered by lightning strikes during the storm on Thursday. None of the fires has threatened residential properties. There’s been no injuries.
The fire started Saturday, at the same time that firefighters were responding to the plane crash and ensuing brush fire at the Flagler County airport. The brush fire was 30 percent contained by Monday afternoon.
The restoration of the ban, lifted just a few weeks ago, is prompted by last week’s wildfires, a return of drought conditions, and no rain in the forecast for almost two weeks.
All northbound lanes of I-95 have been closed since 2 p.m. at U.S. 1 near the Flagler-St. Johns County line because of thick plumes of smoke wafting over the highway in St. Johns, where firefighters are battling a large brush fire.
The fire, still not under control, centered in a swamp, was encompassing some 50 acres and accounts for the smell of smoke that residents in Bunnell and Palm Coast will be experiencing. No homes have been affected.