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 […]

Pickup truck fire engine catches fire

A pickup truck caught fire Wednesday, April 18. According to a report by the City of Okeechobee Fire Department, at 3:39 p.m. on April 18, firefighters responded to The Brahman Theater parking lot on U.S. 441. Units found a black 1997 Dodge 1500 pickup truck with the engine compartment on fire. Firefighter Steve Weeks reportedly […]

SFWMD, FWC, USACE, Florida Forest Service conducting prescribed burn on Lake Okeechobee today

BUCKHEAD RIDGE – Crews from the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Florida Forest Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will burn up to 7,000 acres in the northwestern area of Lake Okeechobee today (march 2). This is part of the ongoing effort to restore the […]

Doctor’s office ravaged by fire

OKEECHOBEE — An early morning blaze Sunday at the Eye Center of Okeechobee did an estimated $150,000 in damages to the building and $575,000 to its contents, stated an Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue (OCF/R) report. The business, owned and operated by Dr. Miguel Espiritu, reportedly sustained heavy damage to interior rooms, electrical tools and medical equipment. […]