Friday, April 7, 2017

Winds Drive Smoke From Central Florida Fires Into Brevard County


ORLANDO, Florida - Strong westerly and northwesterly winds are blowing smoke from two brush fires near Orlando into Brevard County.

The largest fire, dubbed the "Carter Parkway Fire," has spread over 475 acres near I-4 just northeast of Disney World, according to the Florida Forest Service.



The other fire is much smaller but closer to Brevard County. On Thursday, the St. Johns River Water Management District responded to a wildfire on the Seminole Ranch Conservation Area which is located near Christmas, Florida.

The National Weather Service in Melbourne issued a Red Flag Warning on Friday for all of east Central Florida which means that critical fire weather conditions are occurring due to a combination of strong winds and low relative humidity.

How long will the smell of smoke last in Brevard County?

According to the National Weather Service forecast, winds will remain out of the northwest through Friday night which will continue to push smoke into Brevard overnight.  However, winds are forecast to shift out of the northeast on Saturday and from the east on Sunday which will bring fresh a fresh ocean breeze back over Florida's Space Coast.

Photo credit: Florida Forest Service