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St. Johns County fire 75% contained

No homes in danger from fire off Osceola Elementary Road

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Firefighters with the St. Johns County Fire-Rescue Department and the Florida Forest Service battled a brush fire that sent thick smoke into the air on Sunday.

The fire broke out just before 6 p.m. off Osceola Elementary Road. When firefighters got to the scene, about 1/4 acre was burning, but firefighters said the fire was growing quickly. The first crews on the scene asked for additional units, including brush trucks and tractors from the Florida Forest Service.

Firefighters said the fire quickly grew to four acres. Crews then worked to protect homes in the area, as well as the Calhoun Community Center. Authorities said the homes were not in jeopardy at any time, but that the flames did come within about 50 feet of the community center.

By Sunday night, the fire had grown to seven acres, and was about 75 percent contained. Florida Forest Service tractors cut containment lines, and got the fire under control.

Crews will work overnight to monitor the fire. Firefighters said smoke might linger in the air as the fire smolders.

The Florida Fire Service is investigating the cause of the fire.