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A small brush fire broke out earlier today at the UCF Arboretum.

Raymond Jarrett, coordinator of Natural Resources and Urban Forestry, said that the fire occurred in the natural lands of the UCF Arboretum behind the retention pond. It was caused by a lighting strike.

Jarrett said that wildfires are a natural occurrence and are initiated by lightning strikes during dry seasons. Firestation 65 responded with a brush truck and helped extinguish the fire along with the UCF Fire Team and Jarrett.

The fire was put out quickly, and the Florida Forest Service plowed a line around the brush fire location to secure the area. Jarrett said that it is possible there could be some lingering smoke in the morning but that it should dissipate by midday.

Last year, UCF suffered from a similar fire that required students to evacuate from Tower 1 and Tower 2.

Courtney Gilmartin, a spokeswoman for the UCF Police Department, said that all campus operations were normal and not affected by the fire outbreak but that students were advised to avoid the area.

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Jillian James is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. 

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