Homes safe from fast-moving fires in Woodville Wednesday afternoon

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Published: May. 6, 2020 at 5:31 PM EDT
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By: WCTV Eyewitness News

May 6, 2020

WOODVILLE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Warm, dry and gusty conditions prompted a red-flag warning Wednesday afternoon.

"That means if a fire does ignite, it can grow very large," said Florida Forest Service's Todd Schroeder.

That's exactly what happened just after 5 p.m. after the FFS says a tree limb fell on a power poll.

Flames quickly spread towards three nearby homes.

"I got home, my husband had just gotten back from town and everything was on fire," said resident Janet Towndrow.

An aggressive response by multiple agencies stopped the spread of the flames just in the kick of time.

Officials say the 4.3 acre blaze is now 100% contained, but likely not the last of the flames crews will see in the future.

"Wildfire season in Florida can happen all 12 months of the year, but our peak time is what we're looking at now," Schroeder said.

The good news for residents; no homes suffered any notable damage. Fire crews say it could have been much worse.

While not a man-made fire, the FFS is urging anyone who is considering a burn to hold off and wait until after rain comes.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News

May 6, 2020

WOODVILLE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Authorities are on the scene of a nearly six-acre fire that is threatening multiple homes in Woodville.

The Tallahassee Fire Department says a 911 about the fire came in at 4:51 p.m.

Officials do not yet know how it started.

TFD says the fire is threatening three homes, and has melted some of the siding of the homes.

Officials say they did an aggressive stop to save the houses and that the fire is still contained.

TFD says they have crews from five stations on the scene, as well as the Florida Forest Service and the Woodville Volunteer Fire Department.

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