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Brush fire extinguished behind Palm Bay home

Crews fight another brush fire Saturday afternoon

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PALM BAY, Fla. – Brevard County Fire Rescue personnel extinguished a small brush fire Saturday morning behind a home in the Deer Run neighborhood in southern Palm Bay.

Fire Chief Mark Schollmeyer said the blaze burned less than an acre, News 6 partner Florida Today reported,

The Deer Run subdivision entrance is located at the intersection of Babcock Street and Micco Road.

In a Facebook post, BCFR officials reminded residents that Brevard County remained under high wildfire danger Saturday because of dry conditions, per the Florida Forest Service.

On Saturday afternoon, Palm Bay Fire Rescue crews were in the area of Cogan Drive and Weslaco Street Southeast for a 1-acre brush fire that was moving fast with heavy fuel loads, officials said.

Homes were in the path of the flames, but crews protected structures while extinguishing the fire. Officials said no injuries or property damage was reported from this brush fire as crews worked quickly to eliminate the threat.

Traffic was heavy in the area near this brush fire, and smoke was low-lying, officials said. The Palm Beach Police Department redirected traffic in the area.

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Saturday's fires burned a day after fire officials issued a burn ban in Brevard County, according to Florida Today.

"We have issued no-burn authorizations" in Brevard, Florida Forest Service spokesman Cliff Frazier said. "We won't until the red flag is lifted. We're asking the public to use extreme caution."

The red flag warning is issued when the humidity levels reach 35 percent or less for more than four hours, or if wind gusts are more than 15 mph. Brevard was also rated 5 (extreme) on a 5-point scale for fire danger by the forest service.