ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - The Florida Highway Patrol is monitoring roads that could be affected as crews battle a 2,000-acre wildfire burning along the Orange and Brevard County line.
At 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, all roads were open and the Florida Highway Patrol reported no visibility issues from the fire.
Florida Forest Service spokeswoman Julie Allen told News 6 the Water Plant Fire, burning near Christmas, has tripled in size since it was sparked by lightning over the weekend, scorching more than 2,000 acres.
"They are in a genuine battle right now trying to get containment," she said.
Florida Forest Service officials said the blaze is 70 percent contained as of 8 6 p.m. Tuesday. More than 40 Florida Service crews from around the state are working to get the fire contained.
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.
"It always scares us," Community Captain Diane Hessenauer said. "Especially when the fire is so unpredictable."
"I just threw my stuff in the car, took my dog to the kennel, and I'm ready to roll," Kaye Moore said.
She told News 6 she grabbed some special photos and documents and packed her trunk.
"I've been out here almost 20 years," she said. "I've had fires, but we've never been told to pack up and go."
Allen said she fears that more fires may be sparked by storms expected to roll in Tuesday.
At the same time, she said, the rain is much-needed.
"We're still in a very serious drought situation," she said. "Don't become complacent. Adhere to all the burn bans."
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