Florida Brush Fires Force Evacuations


Jan. 15--Amid dry conditions, crews were checking for lingering hot spots from brush fires that swept Volusia and Orange counties Sunday.

In Deltona, a 3-acre fire was called in at 12:20 p.m., according to fire department officials.

The fire subsequently grew to several dozen acres off Adelia Boulevard near Deltona Lakes Elementary School, prompting crews to evacuate several homes.

By Sunday evening, firefighters from Deltona, Orange City, Volusia County and the state Division of Forestry had contained the fire and estimated that its irregular shape covered nearly 80 acres. Residents were permitted to return to their homes, said Deltona Fire Department Deputy Chief Robert Rogers. No cause of the fire has been determined.

Meanwhile, Orange County Fire Rescue extinguished a 3-acre brush fire near Curry Ford Road and Chickasaw Trail at about 3:30 p.m. The fire burned for about 45 minutes, causing little damage. A county spokeswoman said no cause of the flare-up has been determined.