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Ormond Beach resident returns home after Volusia County brush fire evacuation

11:43 PM, Mar 2, 2013   |    comments
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ORMOND BEACH, Fla. -- A brush fire that has grown to 1000 acres in Volusia County is now 75 percent contained.

A mandatory evacuation order remains in effect for 50 homes in the original evacuation order North of Airport Road and South of Durrance Lane in Ormond Beach, west of I-95. About 250 homes are in the clear after residents spent a frightening day evacuating their homes.  

"It's hard you know, to think that you might not come back to what you left." said Jessica Meeks, a Deer Creek subdivision resident.

Meeks is on her first day back home for Spring Break and found out she and her whole family had to evacuate their house because of a growing brush fire.

"We started packing up around two or three and it was crazy, we had to relocate our animals we got a hotel on the beach," Meeks said.

The fire started Saturday morning near Durrance Lane about four miles west of the Ormond Beach Municipal Airport and spread along the Volusia-Flagler County line.  At one point Interstate-95 was completely shut down due to poor visibility. Three-hundred homes were also evacuated causing Meeks and her family to find shelter, but as they were gathering more items from their home, they learned the evacuation order was lifted for their subdivision.

"It's a relief, it kind of sucks we already checked into our hotel and had to through all of that but it's definitely great to hear that its back it's a relief that our house isn't going to burn down," Meeks added.

Deer Creek, Southern Pines, and Cypress Place residents can return to their homes. Firefighters from the Florida Forest Service, Volusia and Flagler Counties, and all city departments were working to put out the fire. At least 10 bulldozers were being used to dig containment lines while helicopters dropped water on the fire.

The Red Cross has opened up shelter for evacuees at their Volusia County chapter at 341 White Street in Daytona Beach.


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