Wildfire draws attention to need for fire safety

A wildfire in the Everglades spread to more than 32,000 acres in one day last week, causing a brief closure of Alligator Alley due to heavy smoke. A rainstorm helped Florida Forest Service firefighters get the blaze under control. Wildfires from lightning strikes are common in Florida. Florida experiences the second highest number of wildfires […]

Everglades fire shows benefit of controlled burns

EVERGLADES — A lighting strike on the night of June 23 may have sparked the wildfire that tore through the Everglades and briefly shut down a part of Interstate 75, otherwise know as Alligator Alley. Smoke from the fire led to poor visibility and forced the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) to close down the section […]

County considers options for Fire Station 2

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County commissioners have again changed course on plans for County Fire Station 2, 3511 S.E. 38th Ave. After lengthy discussion at their June 27 meeting, the commissioners agreed to go back to the drawing board and reconsider the costs and benefits of several options: • Renovate existing Station 2 without enlargement; […]

Three residents receive injuries in Belle Glade fire

BELLE GLADE — A Palm Beach County Fire Rescue press release stated that at approximately 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, crews responded to reports of a fire on the 200 block of South Main Street in Belle Glade at a Sunoco Gas Station. Responding firefighters reported a large column of black smoke while they […]

PBCFR responds to Pahokee fire June 7

PAHOKEE — A Palm Beach County Fire Rescue (PBCFR) press release stated that at approximately 8:10 p.m. on Friday, June 7, crews responded to reports of a fire on the 13000 block of U.S. 441 North in Pahokee. First arriving firefighters reported heavy smoke from the attic of a single family home. Fire crews started […]

Glades County fire crews contain Moore Haven fire

MOORE HAVEN — A Glades County Public Safety news release stated that on April 10, Glades County fire crews and mutual aid responders were on scene at the Old Castle Lawn and Garden, 30075 U.S. 27 in Moore Haven. The fire started in one of the brush piles located at the back of the complex […]

Red Cross responds to home fire in Okeechobee

Florida’s Coast to Heartland Chapter of the American Red Cross responded to a home fire on April 3, on Southeast 39th Avenue in Okeechobee. Local Red Cross volunteers on a Disaster Action Team were on site to help coordinate emergency aid to the family affected. Fire officials say six people were impacted by the blaze, […]

Belle Glade home engulfed by fire

BELLE GLADE — A Palm Beach County Fire Rescue press release stated at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 1, crews responded to reports of a fire on the 300 block of West Canal Street inside the Johnson Trailer Park. The first arriving firefighters reported that a mobile home was fully engulfed in flames. Crews started […]

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 […]

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