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Crews battle brush fire on Disney property

Post by ericpabear » May Tue 17, 2011 5:42 pm

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business ... 5341.story

Crews battle brush fire on Disney property
By Jeff Weiner, Orlando Sentinel
6:18 p.m. EDT, May 17, 2011

A pesky brush fire that has kept fire crews at the Walt Disney World Resort busy for the past few days was almost completely contained early Tuesday evening after an afternoon flare-up, firefighters said.
Bo Jones, assistant chief for Reedy Creek Emergency Services, said crews were first called to the fire on Sunday, and have been working to keep in check since.
The blaze, in a wooded area situated between a Magic Kingdom parking lot and Fort Wilderness Resort, flared up to about 3.5 to 5 acres and spilled smoke across the immediate area, Jones said.
He said the resort and the lot were never endangered, and no injuries were reported. The fire was almost completely contained early Tuesday evening, firefighters said.
The flare up on Tuesday took place about 3 p.m. and was attributed to a shift in the winds. Firefighters believed the fire was likely started by a lightning strike.

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Re: Crews battle brush fire on Disney property

Post by Amy » May Tue 17, 2011 6:06 pm

Yikes! That's a pretty big brush fire. Glad no one and nothing was hurt...

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Re: Crews battle brush fire on Disney property

Post by Len90 » May Tue 17, 2011 8:02 pm

3.5-5 acres is actually kind of small for a brush fire. Seems like it was a remote wooded area that nobody really ever goes near. Seems like this one was a best case scenario for Disney.

BTw: it's not first and surely won't be the last brush fire on Disney property.
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Re: Crews battle brush fire on Disney property

Post by cousininmiami » May Tue 17, 2011 8:39 pm

This is brush fire season for us here in Florida, no doubt there would be something in the heavy wooded area of WDW. I know everyone thinks that it's hot, muggy and wet most of the time but this is the time right before rainy season where it's super dry here. I know we need the rain, but I hate rainy season!
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Post by Jacca5660 » May Tue 17, 2011 11:07 pm

When we went down in 2001 the smoke was so bad from brush fires the boat to MGM went past the dock and came within a very few feet from hitting the seawall (is seawall the correct name?). Brush fire are now and have been for the last few decades a common occurrence in Florida.
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Post by yodiwan1 » May Wed 18, 2011 6:29 am

We just had one here in South Florida that lasted about 3 days! If I remember it burned over 40 acres, and my car was covered in ash one morning! Let's see what DIsney decides to build there!!! lol j/k
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Post by Jacca5660 » May Wed 18, 2011 7:48 am

yodiwan1 wrote:We just had one here in South Florida that lasted about 3 days! If I remember it burned over 40 acres, and my car was covered in ash one morning! Let's see what DIsney decides to build there!!! lol j/k
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Re: Crews battle brush fire on Disney property

Post by mindflipper » May Wed 18, 2011 8:37 am

When it's a dry rainless spring/summer, brush fires break out all over the place in Florida...

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