First responders said they've put out the 37.5-acre brush fire in Yulee that forced the evacuation of nearby residents.
Gusty winds in the area are making it difficult for firefighters to contain the fire. The fire started off Barnwell Road behind a Lowe's store, Nassau County Emergency Management said.
This is what the Barnwell/Oneil-Scott Brush Fire looks like. Please don't drive into the area to look! https://t.co/FsTZQPkOHb— NassauEM (@NassauEM) March 31, 2017
#NassauEM still working the 37.5 ac brush fire btwn Oneil-Scott and Barnwell Rd. Residents evacuated No structures involved. 60% contained.— NassauEM (@NassauEM) March 31, 2017
Up to ten homes were threatened but have not been damaged, officials said.
Oneil-Scott and Barnwell road reopened after being closed for several hours. Residents in the area are safe to go back to their homes.
Drivers should avoid taking SR 202 near Oneil-Scott Road, officials said. The fire started near a railroad and railway traffic has been halted, officials said.
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The Florida Forest Service is assisting Nassau County Fire Rescue. Sixteen Jacksonville fire rescue units are being sent to the brush fire, as well.
Officials said there will be a burn ban until April 7.
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Nassau residents - please LEAVE THE AREA Barnwell Rd, Oneil-Scott Rd in Yulee! While NCFR, FBFR, and FFS fight a spreading brush fire!— NassauEM (@NassauEM) March 31, 2017
Smoke from brush fire on Barnwell Rd in Yulee. On our way there now. @ActionNewsJax #Nassau pic.twitter.com/faI6WiFCuH— Jenna Bourne (@jennabourneWTSP) March 31, 2017
Smoke from brush fire behind Lowe's in #Yulee. #Nassau @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/W6Vaho5TH9— Jenna Bourne (@jennabourneWTSP) March 31, 2017
More crews showing up for brush fire behind #Yulee Lowe's in #Nassau. @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/dM23J6IDVO— Jenna Bourne (@jennabourneWTSP) March 31, 2017
#NassauEM Barnwell Rd and Oneil-Scott road access is being blocked at SR-200 while firefighters work. AVOID THE AREA— NassauEM (@NassauEM) March 31, 2017
All residents of Oneil-Scott Road are advised to EVACUATE the area. Windy conditions are making firefighting difficult. pic.twitter.com/pQbdk1SnTa— NassauEM (@NassauEM) March 31, 2017
Firefighters are working to protect structures and contain the brush fire off Oneil-Scott Rd. Use caution and get away from the area! pic.twitter.com/oPwBXa0Vow— NassauEM (@NassauEM) March 31, 2017
Regular vehicle traffic can get in the way of responders trying to do their jobs. Please avoid SR-200 in Yulee near Oneil-Scott Rd! pic.twitter.com/1Fw1TfRKzP— NassauEM (@NassauEM) March 31, 2017
#NassauEM brush fire still spreading, gusty winds from all directions. Do not attempt to enter the area! Barnwell and Oneil-Scott Rd blocked— NassauEM (@NassauEM) March 31, 2017
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