Barn and a trailer saved from 25-acre wildfire

OKEECHOBEE– On February 10, 2019 at 2:06 p.m., the Florida Forest Service and Okeechobee County Fire Rescue suppressed a 25-acre wildfire in the off N.E. 101 street, west of N.E. 128th Ave. Gusty winds blowing out of the south east at ten miles an hour spread the wildfire quickly in the dry grass (invasive cogongrass) […]

Deputy saves horses from fire

Tensions may be high between some of the residents out on the Prairie and the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office, but when he was needed, Deputy Bryan Holden did not hesitate to jump in and rescue some horses from a deadly fire last Saturday, Feb. 9. According to the owner of the horses, Joni Davis, he […]

Residents of mobile home fire lose everything

OKEECHOBEE — A structure fire broke out around 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7, in the 4100 block of U.S. 441 Southeast at Jim’s Place, a mobile home park. Neighbors looked on as the fire raged and black smoke billowed across the road into traffic — several ran across the highway to distance themselves from […]

Prescribed Burn Planned on Lake Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE — A prescribed burn will be conducted on 1,000 acres of Lake Okeechobee in the Pearce Canal area on Thursday, Jan. 10, to improve fish and wildlife habitat on the lake. This will be done as a joint effort by the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) […]

Know the law before burning yard waste

Often residents desire to burn yard waste but aren’t sure if it is legal to do so. According to the Florida Forest Service, it is legal to burn yard waste without a permit as long as there are no city or county restrictions in effect at the time and you meet certain restrictions: • You […]

Abandoned building fire under investigation; brush fire apparently started from a pile of burning leaves

OKEECHOBEE — A structure fire was reported on Saturday evening in an abandoned building. According to an Okeechobee County Fire Rescue (OCFR) report, at 6:09 p.m. on May 12, a structure fire was reported in the 1800 block of Northeast 48th Avenue. Upon arrival units found Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office deputies on scene of the […]

Firefighters battle blaze at Spot in the Sun in Okeechobee County

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County Fire Rescue and the Florida Forest Service suppressed an approximately 3-acre wildfire off NE 103rd Avenue, South of State Road 70 on Wednesday. Nothing was threatened. The fire was reported at 6:32 p,m. and was contained by 8:06 p.m. May 2. Winds were coming out the east at nine miles an […]

House fires linked to clothes dryers

OKEECHOBEE — Two structure fires were reported this week due to clothes dryers. According to an Okeechobee Fire Department report, at 6:11 p.m. on April 24, a structure fire was reported in the 1000 block of Northwest Sixth Street. Units were reportedly dispatched to a call in regards to smoke coming from a clothes dryer. […]

Lightning blamed for a brush fire in Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

OKEECHOBEE — Florida Forest Service firefighters battled a 300-acre wildfire in Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park Sunday night and Monday. The blaze was started by lightning, according to the Florida Forest Service report. Information was limited during the night due to poor visibility and limited access. Monday morning, a fixed wing pilot surveyed the area. […]

Pickup truck catches fire on U.S. 441 N.

OKEECHOBEE A vehicle fire was reported April 19. According to a report by Okeechobee County Fire Rescue, at approximately 4:30 p.m. on April 19, firefighters responded to a reported vehicle fire in the vicinity of U.S. 441 North and Northeast 208th Street. Upon arrival, units found a 2016 Ford F-350 Super Duty diesel pickup truck […]