S.R. 40 reopens after 450-acre brush fire threatens homes - FOX 35 News Orlando

S.R. 40 reopens after 450-acre brush fire threatens homes

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VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

A major truck route in Volusia County reopened this morning, a day after a 450-acre brush fire forced the evacuation of several homes near Pierson.

About a 5-mile portion of State Road 40 was shut down Monday after the brush fire south of S.R. 40 and west of U.S. 17 near Pierson headed north-northeast. Officials closed S.R. 40 from the St. Johns River to U.S. 17.

Officials said the brush fire came within 30 to 50 feet of about six homes, which were evacuated.

Forestry and fire officials blame the weather, winds and dry vegetation for the fire quickly spreading across area.

"Because the vegetation on the other side of 40 is so dry, all it takes is one ember, and we're off to the races again," said Timber Weller with the Florida Division of Forestry.

The smoke and flames may erupt again today, and Volusia County Fire Rescue crews worked through the night to control the brush fire. As of 10 p.m. Monday, the fire was about 60 percent contained.

"The crews hit it really hard from the first minute. We got the helicopters in early. It definitely had a major impact," Weller said.

Volusia Fire Rescue was expected to continue mopping and putting out hotspots today.

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