JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A prescribed burn is now burning out of control in North Jacksonville in an area called Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park.The fire has burned more than 400 acres along Cedar Point Road, which is closed at Nungezer Road. It's now 25-percent contained.
The fire has split into two directions. One home had been briefly evacuated as a precaution. Firefighters were able to keep the fire away from a home.PICTURES: PUMPKIN HILL CREEK PRESERVE STATE PARK FIRE
JEA spokesperson Gerri Boyce says the fire is burning within five miles of the generating station. Right now, operations at the plant are not affected, said Boyce, but JEA will continue to monitor the fire.
Multiple units from JFRD and the Florida Forestry Service are now on scene to get the fire under control. Crews from Nassau County have also been dispatched to help fight the fire.
Action News reporter Lorena Inclan says Boney and Cedar Point roads are lined with cars with people waiting to be let back into their homes. Some people are worried about their loved ones, and others are worried about their pets.
Everyone is frustrated and want to know when they'll be let back in.
According to the Florida Forest Service, it may be several hours before anyone is let back in.
JFRD says school buses will not be allowed into the area that's blocked off by fire crews in the Black Hammock Island area.The winds are carrying ash from the fire to as far away as downtown.
The Florida Forest Service issued an Open Burn Authorization today to Pumpkin Hill State Park, in an area about nine miles east of I-95 and 6 miles north of 105 and four miles west of US 1. The permit was for a 95-acre burn, in what the agency is calling a "Silviculture or Hazard Reduction" fire. It was one of three Open Burn authorizations given today in northeast Florida. The Florida Forest Service issued a permit to Camp Blanding in Clay County, and another to a private landowner living along Forest Trail and Doe Road in Duval County.For Breaking News on the go, and to submit Breaking News pictures, download the Action News Mobile App.
The fire in North Jacksonville is one of three wildfires burning in our area. There's a 2-acre wildfire burning on Owens Road in Nassau County. There is a 3-acre fire burning on Parete Road in near Lem Turner and Lannie Road. Both fires are debris burns. The Florida Forest Service has an interactive map
where you can see the fires burning in northeast Florida. Since January, a total of 70 wildfires have burned 1,137 acres of land in Duval, Clay and Nassau counties.