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. […]

Doubleside Fire in Okeechobee County

OKEECHOBEE — The Florida Forest Service along with Okeechobee County Fire Rescue responded Sunday afternoon to a reported fire in Northwest Okeechobee County near Northwest 144th Avenue and Northwest 286th Street. On arrival FFS and FD crews were quickly engaged on a fast-moving grass/brush fire that was threatening several homes in the rural community. Initially […]

Prescribed burn planned near Lake Okeechobee

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is planning to conduct a prescribed burn on 2,500 acres along the shoreline of Lake Okeechobee between the Kissimmee River and Buckhead Ridge Canal. The prescribed burn to improve fish and wildlife habitat is scheduled for Wednesday, March 15, weather permitting. To help protect public health and […]