Fire brought under control at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve in St. Petersburg
Crews battled a bushfire at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve on Thursday, which they said was contained to an area of about one acre by late afternoon.
St. Petersburg Fire Rescue officials said they received a call from nearby McCabe United Methodist Church around noon alerting them to the blaze.
Fire crews arrived at a 245-acre preserve, whose digital address is 1101 Country Club Way S, and found the area ablaze. Officials said the fire was unplanned and there is no information on how it started. Fires are not permitted on the reserve at this time due to current weather conditions.
St. Petersburg police reported that northbound lanes on 31st Street S were closed around 2 p.m. near 26th Avenue S. Motorists at the time were advised to avoid the area. The road reopened around 4 p.m.
The active calls website for Pinellas 911 showed about 25 units were on the scene at any given time. Teams from Seminole Fire Rescue, St. Pete Beach Fire Rescue and Florida State Forestry assisted.
Dry and windy weather prompted authorities to issue a rare wildfire warning for the region this week. However, rain and thunderstorms are expected to move into Thursday night and last through the weekend.
Every day through Sunday has at least a 50% chance of rain, according to Spectrum Bay News 9.