published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Lightning strike sparks brush fire in Hammock
SEBRING -- Lightning caused a wildfire that burned 14 acres in the southwest part of Highlands Hammock State Park on Monday.
According to an email from Melissa Yunas of the Florida Forest Service, the fire was first spotted from the 110-foot Sebring fire tower on Hammock Road.
"(Monday's) visibility was 15-20 miles," Yunas wrote. "Forest Ranger Kari Sikio was observing the skyline looking for wildfires and verifying authorized burns ... Sikio notified his colleagues and they quickly responded to investigate the smoke that was reported.
"Florida Forest Service dozer and two engines investigated, verified and contained the wildfire."
The Florida Forest Service turned over the fire to the Florida Park Service, which is mopping up the fire and will remain on scene until it is out.
At fire readiness level two, which anticipates a very active fire day, the Florida Forest Service mans the Sebring Fire Tower from 10 a.m. until noon and from 1-5 p.m., Yunas wrote.
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