Brush fire near UCF causes evacuation from Tower 1, 2
UCF spokesman Chad Binette gives more information about the May 31 brush fire near Towers 1 and 2. Noelle Campbell, Central Florida Future
Nearly two hours later, approximately 100 students who were impacted by the evacuation were allowed to return to their rooms in Tower 1 and 2.
All has been cleared and campus activity has resumed as normal. The cause of the fire is still unknown at this point.
"Students returned to the residence halls at 7:45 p.m. after the fire had all but extinguished itself when it reached natural fire breaks created as part of UCF's wildfire management program," said UCF spokesman Chad Binette.
For the past 13 years, Binette said UCF has had a fire plan in place, and UCF Landscape and Natural Resources will be monitoring the fire area overnight to make sure it doesn't get worse.
The brush fire covered about one acre of land, and the two residence halls were evacuated as a precautionary measure in case the wind shifted toward the buildings. However, Binette said the buildings were never threatened by the fire.
"We don't have very many [brush fires on campus], and I think one of the reasons is the wildfire prevention efforts we do," he said. "In this case, these trails were widened 13 years ago to create natural firebreaks so if a wildfire does happen, it's got a point where it's going to basically stop before it gets to any structure. So everything worked perfectly."
Smoke from a nearby brush fire in the woods caused UCF Tower 1 and 2 residents to evacuate from their homes around 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
Orange County Fire Rescue reported there are no injuries or building dangers.
Fire Rescue, UCF Police Department and the Florida Forest Service are responding on the scene and Tower residents have been moved to The Venue.
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It is unclear just how long the residence halls will remain evacuated, UCF spokesman Chad Binette said.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
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