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Debris Fire on Land Off CR 304 Is No Threat, But Will Smoke Up Palm Coast and Bunnell For Days

| December 3, 2013

The 9-acre fire is consuming tree stumps, mulch and related debris at a dump for such material, and will continue burning at a lesser intensity for days, possibly weeks, creating smoke issues. Firefighters left the scene Tuesday morning, leaving it to the landowners to resolve.

Firefighters Battling Flagler’s Largest Wildfire of the Season, Off SR 11, Now at 200 Acres

| April 1, 2013

A wildfire started in the pine and cypress forest southwest of Bunnell on Saturday, burning 130 acres, and consumed another 70 acres Sunday, creating Flagler County’s largest fire to date this season.

Veteran Flagler Fireman’s Home Burns in Rima Ridge, at County’s South End

| March 21, 2013

Ron Walker spent his life fighting fires and protecting other people’s homes and properties. He retired from the Volusia County Fire Department, and has been a Flagler County volunteer fireman. On Thursday afternoon, the house he built burned for unknown reasons.

Flagler County Fire Flight Knocks Down Brush Blaze Within Yards of Plantation Bay Homes

| November 4, 2012

A brush fire broke out just after noon today in a wooded area immediately behind a line of houses in Plantation Bay. The fire, within some 20 yards of the houses, was quickly put out by Flagler County Fire Flight and Volusia County Fire Rescue crews.

Small White Eagle Wildfire Monday Afternoon Flashes Bad Memories of Last Year’s Blaze

| May 14, 2012

A wildfire broke out behind the White Eagle Saloon Monday at around 2:30 p.m., scrambling fire units from around the county and reviving fears of a repeat of last year’s wildfires, which consumed large swaths of the Seminole Woods area east of the White Eagle. But the fire was out 40 minutes after it declared itself.

Cypress Point Fire Enters Mop-Up Phase as Emergency Passes, But Smoke Will Persist

| April 12, 2012

The fire between Mother Seton Catholic church and Cypress Point Parkway started at 4 .m. and burned close to 10 acres. Division of Forestry crews were burning more ground this morning on purpose, to prevent flare-ups. A section of Cypress Point Parkway was closed.

Second Serious Wildfire of the Season Forces Evacuation of a Dozen Homes in the Mondex

| April 11, 2012

A small fire that started in the backyard of a house on Holly Lane rapidly spotted and triggered another fast-moving fire that snaked its way across two blocks, forcing the evacuation of 10 to 15 houses in the area.

Flagler Fire Chief Declares Burn Ban as Drought Intensifies and Neighboring Blazes Multiply

| April 11, 2012

Recalling memories of last year’s feverish fire season, Flagler County Fire Chief Don Petito just signed an order imposing a burn ban, while the county’s fire rescue department takes in 50 new radios that will vastly improve their communications abilities with other emergency responders.

What Is the Drought Index? Understanding the 0-800 Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI)

| April 11, 2012

The Keetch-Byram drought index (KBDI) measures the amount of precipitation necessary to return the soil to full saturation. It is a closed system ranging from 0 to 800 units and represents a moisture regime from 0 to 8 inches of water through the soil layer.

Flagler Forest Division Chief Warns of Fire Season “Possibly as Severe as 1998”

| March 5, 2012

Persistent dryness, long-term weather patterns and dried-up swamps are combining for a dangerous fire season ahead for Flagler County, Mike Kuypers, district manager for the Florida Division of Forestry, told the county commission this morning.

Flagler County Fires: All Locations, Latest Acreage, Maps and Firelines

| June 22, 2011

Complete, updated chart of active Flagler County fires, satellite-view locations, acreage, and updated maps including detailed, latest extent of Espanola and White Eagle fires.

2 Firefighters Killed in N. Florida, Underscoring Dangers of Violent Flares on Contained Fires

| June 21, 2011

The Blue Ribbon fire near Jasper was not large and had been declared contained, but the firefighters were reportedly overrun by a sudden flare-up as they were extending fire-lines–as DOF firefighters are doing every day on the Espanola fire in Flagler County.

Big Stand Against Espanola Fire at Threatened FPL Powerlines In Hopes of Halting Blaze

| June 17, 2011

Damage to the 500Kv FPL lines would affect local electricity customers. Beyond the powerlines lay pine-tree farms doused in herbicide, which has dried out underbrush, making it easier to burn. And beyond that: U.S. 1.

Black Hawks Up: Army National Guard Sends 3 Copters to Aid Flagler Firefighting Crews

| June 16, 2011

The three crews logged eight hours on their first afternoon on the job Wednesday, putting their 780-gallon water buckets to work against the Espanola fire. They’re here on an open-ended mission.

Miracle on Sligo Mill Court: Homes Saved From Another Seminole Woods Eruption

| June 15, 2011

The fire in Seminole Woods burst and ran after 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, coming within two feet of back porches and forcing evacuations of several homes. Firefighters managed to save every single one.

Rapid Response Beats Back Threat to Seminole Woods Homes; Espanola In New Breakout

| June 15, 2011

Firefighters from every available agency, including the National Guard’s Black Hawk helicopters, were being summoned to battle the latest break-out at the White Eagle fire Wednesday afternoon.

“Saturate Us With Resources,” Fire Commanders Tell Rick Scott in Flagler County

| June 14, 2011

Gov. Rick Scott’s drive-by visit through Flagler County Tuesday afternoon entailed a short briefing and a short press conference, but no visit to an actual fire, and no plans of one.

Espanola Fire at 4,171 Acres As Lightning Storms Seed New Blazes

| June 13, 2011

Lightning from the last two days’ storms is seeding the area with new fires–including four new ones Sunday–while rainfall remains too light to dent the growth of the Espanola fire.

Weather Service Issues Excessive Lightening Alert for Espanola Area, Heightening Fire Risks

| June 12, 2011

Rain would be good, but only if it’s drenching and persistent. That’s not what this storm is bringing: fire-feeding wind and fire-starting lightning is also part of that storm.

At Second Chance Rescue Near Espanola Fire, 100 Animals Are Prepared for Evacuation

| June 11, 2011

Debi Root’s Second Chance Rescue has pulled 30,000 animals from death row in 26 years. The Espanola fire near the State Road 100 operation is the latest challenge as Root lines up foster homes and volunteers should that becomes necessary.

How Flagler County Is Controlling The Public’s Right To Know The Latest On the Fires

| June 10, 2011

On County Administrator Craig Coffey’s orders, the 9:30 a.m. daily “stakeholder’s meeting” on the fires, which includes all agencies and governments involved, politicians, and even members of the public, is closed to media.

Fires Update: 2 Big Blazes Are Doubling in Size–Intentionally–as Flagler Requests Help

| June 2, 2011

Close to a dozen fires are burning or being monitored in Flagler County as the Division of Forestry prepares to “backburn” larger fires to tame them. Flagler is requesting more boots on the ground. Expect more smoke.


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