East coast brushfire is expected to expand

Published May 3, 2007

ORMOND BEACH - Firefighters worked Wednesday to extinguish several blazes that had consumed more than 1, 500 acres in Volusia, Lake and Flagler counties.

About 1, 000 acres of brush and swampland were burning in Ormond Beach near the Flagler-Volusia county line.

Several homes were evacuated but there were no immediate reports of damages.

"The fire is not contained and continues to burn in an area that is very difficult to reach and operate, " said Timber Weller, a spokesman for the Florida Division of Forestry. "We anticipate that the fire will increase in size, although not dramatically, because of the extremely dry woods in that area."

The blaze was first spotted Tuesday afternoon about four miles west of Interstate 95.

"Right now everything is burning within the containment lines, " Lake County Fire Rescue Chief Jack Fillman said Wednesday. "We're not calling it 100 percent controlled because there's still a chance the wind could have it jump the lines again."

Fillman said some residents were told they should leave the area to avoid heavy smoke.