JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Homeowners that live next to Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve are used to seeing fire crews carry out prescribed burns but on Tuesday one came too close for comfort.
"It's good and bad living out here especially with fires," said Duane Andring, homeowner.
An out of control prescribed burn came with in feet of Andring's home, located just off of Cedar Point Road.
"It's been awfully dry and no rain, I didn't know they were doing a controlled burn. I don't think it was the right time," said Andring.
Although Andring's home did not suffer any major damages, he did lose a pile of wooden pallets he didn't have time to move when the fire started to spread.
According to the Florida Park Service, an hour into their burn they noticed the air started to get drier than what they predicted.
"The problem was it just went still and at that point we didn't have the sea breeze to the point that the fire was taking over and creating the wind," said Jeff DiMaggio, Fire Management Officer with the Florida Park Service.
The agency will now mow wider edges around Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve, in order to prevent this from happening again.
Andring says he and his family are just thankful fire crews acted quickly.
As fire officials work to contain the fire, they will keep an eye out for pine needles. As they start to fall from the branches and fall on the smoldering ground there is a chance they can reignite the wildfire.