Multiple brush fires sending smoke into Brevard, Orange and Volusia counties

Fort Christmas fire 95% contained

Risk of brush fires amid dry conditions

CHRISTMAS, Fla. – At least two brush fires created smoky conditions throughout Central Florida Thursday evening.

Multiple agencies also responded to a 30-acre brush fire along Samsula Drive in New Smyrna Beach Thursday evening, according to the Volusia County Professional Firefighters Association.

Firefighters are warning drivers to be aware of lingering smoke and haze.

“High Temperature index, winds and Low Relative Humidity is a recipe for brush fires tomorrow so be mindful of out door activities,” the association wrote on Facebook.

To the southwest, Orange County Fire Rescue responded to the brush fire before 5 p.m. along North Fort Christmas Road. The blaze is about 4 to 5 acres with a few spot fires, according to fire rescue.

Fire rescue officials said initially there were two structures close by but those are no longer considered to be in danger.

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The Orange County Sheriff’s Office Chase helicopter is assisting fire rescue to keep an eye on the brush fire.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is unknown, so far.

According to the Florida Forest Service, the fire is 95% contained as of 11 p.m.

Temperatures across Central Florida reached into the 90s for the first time this spring and dry conditions are ripe for creating conditions favorable for brush fires. Most of Florida will be at moderate risk of fire danger by Thursday, according to the FFS fire danger index.

Earlier in the day, another brush fire in Palm Bay was quickly contained by the Florida Forest Service.