Firefighters Contain Orange Grove Fire In Mims

By  //  March 11, 2013

Blaze Grew To 10 Acres In Size

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BREVARD COUNTY • MIMS, FLORIDA – A 10-care brush fire in an abandoned orange grove in Mims was contained by firefighters on Monday afternoon.

Lt. Jeff Taylor of Brevard County Fire Rescue said firefighters from Brevard County Fire Rescue and the Florida Forest Service were called to the scene of a brush fire near Wiley Road in Mims about 12:23 p.m. Monday.

Taylor said the blaze grew to 10 acres in size and and apparently was touched off by a tractor that caught fire in an abandoned orange grove.

Officials say the fire is burning grass and dead orange trees in the grove and variable winds, blowing at times in excess of 2o mph, have caused a number of spot fires in the area.

Taylor said that at one point, a small fire was reported burning beneath an abandoned mobile home, but crews arrived quickly and doused the flames before the structure could sustain significant damage.

Fire crews will remain at the scene well into the nightl, working to mop up hot spots and minimize the chances of the fire rekindling on Tuesday.

According to Taylor, Brevard County Fire Rescue crews will return with brush trucks to the area in the morning to continue mop up operations.

While the fire did burn in the area of homes and businesses, officials report no structures are threatened and all roadways remain open.