Holt brush fire caught before it spreads

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Holt Fire District responds to a brush fire in Holt March 8. (Capt. Shelly Chestnut)

HOLT, Fla., March 8, 2020—It only took a spark to start a brush fire here today.

Quick response from Holt Fire District and other local fire agencies prevented a pasture fire from becoming a bigger brush fire.

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Smoke fills the sky from a recent pasture burn March 8. (Capt. Shelly Chestnut)

A property owner with a burn permit called for assistance just after 3 p.m. when a shift in the wind while burning brush in his pasture caused the fire to jump into an adjacent wooded area.

Holt Fire District, along with Baker Fire and North Okaloosa Fire Districts and the Florida Forest Service, responded to the alarm.

No one was injured and no property was damaged during the fire.

This area has had more than its share of rain and winds today were low at 5 mph.

“This property owner did everything right,” said Holt Fire Capt. Shelly Chestnut. “He picked a relatively calm day to burn his pasture. But even with the rains the past few weeks, it only took a spark to light up the underbrush here.”

“Just goes to show you need to stay alert when working with fire,” she said.

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