Firefighters are working to contain a 70-acre blaze named the “Luck Wildfire” in St. Lucie County. The Florida Forest Service says the fire is about 50% contained as homes within the range of possible involvement have been and are being evacuated.
The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) reports that southbound lanes of the Florida Turnpike at mile marker 152 and northbound lanes at mile marker 138 have been closed. Both areas should be avoided until further notice. Residents can check for updates on FHP’s LIVE TRAFFIC CRASH AND ROAD CONDITION REPORT.
Florida Power & Light (FPL) is on hand to monitor power poles. Officials say that at this time about 40 homes have been evacuated.
Crews are on scene of the Luck Wildfire in the South Bend area of the 3000 block of Wake Road, according to St. Lucie Fire District.
Florida Highway Patrol warns that drivers should exercise caution when smoke is present. Residents are urged to check road conditions and closures before heading out.
Fire season generally peaks in Florida in April. 2017 was one of the worst years in recent history with more than 126,000 acres recorded burned throughout the state between January and April.