Vero Beach and Sebastian Brace for Possible Wildfires

High risk of wildfires in Indian River County this weekend from Sebastian to Vero Beach.
High risk of wildfires in Indian River County this weekend from Sebastian to Vero Beach.

VERO BEACH – With windy and lightning conditions ahead this weekend, it could bring more wildfires to Indian River County.

There’s a 60 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms for Sebastian, Fellsmere, and Vero Beach on Sunday. The National Weather Service calls for thunderstorms on Sunday afternoon, and another one late that evening.

Gov. Rick Scott has already declared a state of emergency for Florida because of the high potential for increased wildfires. The climate has been dry, and forecasters predict hotter and drier conditions than normal this year.

Lightning is the main cause of wildfires in the state, and lightning caused most fires that have flared up across Indian River County.

Wildfires west of Vero Beach are still active, and that’s concerning since Fellsmere had a wildfire last weekend. The fire was quickly detained, but the winds will be stronger this weekend.

Winds are expected to be 5 to 15 mph until Sunday when there will be gusts of up to 25 mph in the afternoon. This is also the time when thunderstorms are predicted, and that’s a combination that worries firefighters.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges grew up in Jupiter, Florida where he began his career in radio and TV broadcasting for over 12 years. He would make a career change to computer programming. Andy spent seven years working for tech companies in Atlanta before moving to Indian River County in 2002. He returned to the news sector in 2005 as a writer. Andy joined Sebastian Daily in 2016 as our editor in chief.