Monroe County Fire Rescue responded to a brush fire on Big Pine Key off Wilder Road between 18th and 19th streets on Wednesday. The fire was called in at 1:32 p.m. and Station 13 was on the scene within five minutes. The fire was under control and contained by 3:40 p.m.
“The crew and volunteers performed exceptionally fast to get ahead of the fire,” said Monroe County Fire Rescue Chief Steve Hudson.
Monroe County Fire Stations 13, 11, 10, and 9 responded to the fire, along with Florida Forestry Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Monroe County Sheriff's Office, and Pearson Tree Service. Fire equipment deployed were Tanker 10, 13 and 11, Engines 13 and 9, and Rescue 13.
“Special thanks to Pearson Tree Service who deployed heavy equipment to cut a break in the heavily wooded area,” said Hudson. “This was very beneficial to mitigating the brush fire quickly.”
State and federal property authorities will determine the cause of the fire, which is still under investigation. Monroe County Fire Rescue will continue to monitor the vicinity of the fire throughout the night to make sure no flareups or spot fires start back up.
The brush fire started on state and federally owned land in the same area as the April 2018 100-acre brush fire that burned one house and separate structure.
“I am so appreciative of the quick service of the firefighters,” said George Halleron, who lives on the street. “I was on my neighbor’s porch and could see the flames. Their quick response saved my home once again.”