Firefighters quickly extinguish Yulee brush fire

Multiple Nassau County Fire and Rescue stations responded to a brush fire Thursday afternoon behind a home on Jean Road in Yulee.

Battalion Chief Pete Gunnell said fire stations 20, 30, 40, 70 and “one apparatus from volunteer station 3” responded to the scene. He added that cause of the fire was still under investigation, but added that the fire might have originated from “what appeared to be a large pit” that “may have been used to burn lumber.”

The fire burned 0.1 acre, according to Annaleasa Winter, a fire mitigation specialist with the Florida Forest Service.

No one was injured from the fire; the homeowner was not home at the time. Additionally, there was no structural damage to the residence, Gunnell said.

“We’re in the spring fire season,” Winter said. She added during a phone interview Friday afternoon, “It’s a busy time for us with fires.”

“We get less rain and drier air and high winds this time of year,” she said. “When the air is dry, like yesterday, that pine straw and dead leaves on the ground become extremely dry and very susceptible to fires and embers. … A single spark on dry leaves or pine straw could start or spread a fire.”

Winter cautioned residents to be aware of weather conditions before they burn yard debris or cook outdoors.

“People just have to have their situational awareness about them. They need to understand how the weather conditions affect what they do on their property, like when they’re burning or cooking outside,” she said. “We encourage people to pay attention to the weather, especially after a cold front.”

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