Crews battling wildfire in Brevard County

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The Florida Forest Service is battling a wildfire in Brevard County.It is happening in the area of Highway 1 and Camp Road, near Cocoa. Officials say the so-called “Persimmon Fire,” once 3 acres, has grown to 15-20 acres in size, not including spot overs and 65% contained. Brevard County Communications Director Don Walker says evacuations are underway for 50 homes. Homes were evacuated in the area of Monroe Street to Cherry Street and Broadway Street to Acorn Street, he said. Chopper footage shows multiple structures burning. The forest service is using bulldozers to cut the trees, to cut off fuel for the fire. Walker said eight homes were damaged by fire, and four of those have been destroyed. He identified them as mobile homes. He said one firefighter was transported to the hospital for heat exhaustion. WESH 2 spoke with someone in the area who said they saw at least two structures burnt to the ground. Walker said crews expect to have the fire under control shortly and that they are mostly still working on putting out spot fires. He is not sure what the cause of the fire was.

The Florida Forest Service is battling a wildfire in Brevard County.

It is happening in the area of Highway 1 and Camp Road, near Cocoa.

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Officials say the so-called “Persimmon Fire,” once 3 acres, has grown to 15-20 acres in size, not including spot overs and 65% contained.

Brevard County Communications Director Don Walker says evacuations are underway for 50 homes. Homes were evacuated in the area of Monroe Street to Cherry Street and Broadway Street to Acorn Street, he said.

Chopper footage shows multiple structures burning. The forest service is using bulldozers to cut the trees, to cut off fuel for the fire.

Walker said eight homes were damaged by fire, and four of those have been destroyed. He identified them as mobile homes.

He said one firefighter was transported to the hospital for heat exhaustion.

WESH 2 spoke with someone in the area who said they saw at least two structures burnt to the ground.

Walker said crews expect to have the fire under control shortly and that they are mostly still working on putting out spot fires.

He is not sure what the cause of the fire was.

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