2,000-acre fire 70% contained near Brevard-Orange county line
Lightning strike sparked fire on Sunday
Firefighters expect to continue beating back a brush fire burning along the Brevard and Orange county line on Wednesday, the Florida Forest Service said.
More than 40 Florida Service crews from throughout the state are working to stave off the fire, which was about 70 percent contained as of Tuesday night. It had reached 2,000 acres at its peak, News 6 partner Florida Today reported.
Lightning from the weekend sparked the blaze.
FFS crews brought in large tanker planes to drop fire retardant on an area just north of James Creek Road on Monday. That's where they said 11 homes were in danger of being burned by the fire, and residents were placed on stand-by in case they had to evacuate.
The brush fire is north of Cocoa's Claude H. Dyal Water Treatment Plant, south of State Road 528, and west of the river, said Sean Gallagher, Orlando district manager with the Florida Forest Service.
The fire broke out Sunday at the water facility off State Road 520 in Orange County near the Brevard County line, the Florida Forest Service reported. Smoke began pushing into the north Cocoa and Port St. John areas, the Four Communities Fire Department reported.
The fire is not threatening the water plant, forest officials said Tuesday.
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