Smell of smoke from brush fires fills air

Firefighters battle blazes in Volusia, Orange counties


OSTEEN, Fla. – The smell of smoke has filled the air across parts of Central Florida, including Orlando, as several brush fires burn in the region.

The largest fire is located in Volusia County, where 245 acres have been scorched in Osteen, just north of Lake Harney Woods.

Firefighters from eight agencies have joined forces to battle the blaze, dubbed the Ford Fire by the Florida Forest Service. 

The fire was reported at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, and flames threatened several hunting camps in the area, according to Volusia County Fire Services Division Chief Paul Ebanks.

Meanwhile, Orange County firefighters are assisting Division of Forestry officials after three brush fires broke out Tuesday night in Bithlo.

There were no evacuations in the area, no danger to homes and no reports of injury to citizens or firefighters.

As of Wednesday morning, none of the fires was contained.

Orange County fire officials urged residents to be careful.

"Central Florida is in the dry season and residents and visitors must use extraordinary caution with fire outdoors. Any spark, whether it is from a carelessly tossed cigarette, a vehicle's exhaust or outdoor burning, can be carried by the wind and damage or destroy a whole community," officials said in a news release.

Eight homes were evacuated Tuesday in Deltona when a brush fire sparked near Parkview Court.  Residents were allowed to return after the fire was contained.

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