Fla. Firefighter Seriously Burned Battling Wildfire

MIMS, Fla. --A Brevard County firefighter suffered serious burns Tuesday while battling a growing wildfire that covers parts of Brevard and Volusia counties. The fire grew to 16,000 acres Tuesday afternoon, and officials said it is only 25 percent...


The cause of the fire was not immediately known. Fire officials said they will investigate once the flames have been extinguished.

Fire officials have dubbed the massive blaze the "Iron Horse" brush fire.

The first Department of Forestry commander to respond to the fire said he saw what was coming at him and realized it would be interfering with Bike Week festivities. The huge motorcycle event starts on Friday and the commander said he was looking forward to a stop at the Iron Horse Saloon on U.S. 1 near Ormond Beach to be part of the action.

Fires Bring Back Shadow Of 1998 Wildfires

Some residents said they're experiencing the same worry and fear they had during the 1998 wildfires.

Resident Denise Kemp said she lived through the fires and the current brush fires bring back old memories.

"We left about 11 o'clock at night and then we didn't know if we had a home the next morning," said Kemp.

Fortunately, Kemp's home survived the 1998 fires. However, she said she's afraid since the current fire is 16,000 acres in size and the wind keeps changing directions.

Just like Denise, Division Chief Bob Seccuro for Brevard County Fire and Rescue said he has that feeling that it's 1998 all over again.

"I was on a brush truck in '98. I got burned over in 1998, right up here in this same area. We didn't burn 16,000 acres in one day in 1998, we did that yesterday," said Securro.

A total of 45,000 acres burned in Brevard County in 1998 and more than a 500,000 acres burned statewide.

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