Brush Fire

We took a break midday and were heading south on I-95 when we saw smoke up ahead. As we drew closer we could see a brush fire going so we pulled off at the Titusville exit to see what was happening. What we found literally tore at my heart as acre upon acre of Wetland nesting habitat was being engulfed by smoke and fire…

It was thought that the fire was started by an arsonist and was spreading rapidly while emergency personnel were unable to get to it to put it out. There were tractors and all kinds of equipment lined up to go to work and they simply couldn’t get to it. They were monitoring it to make sure it did not reach the buildings in Titusville while watching it move both toward the interstate (at the right of the frame) and northwards destroying acre after acre of vegetation and trees in it’s path…

In the time we watched the fire from the top floor of a close by Holiday Inn it burned 40 acres and tonight as I watched the news it had burned over 600 acres and was still burning. They were doing what they could to put it out by helicopter as it was the only way to reach the fire. I simply do not understand what kind of person would purposely set a fire destroying brush, trees and wildlife habitat in the process. We were told this was the third fire in the area in the last three weeks. I certainly hope they catch the person who did this and prosecute them to the fullest!

Images created with Nikon D3s, AF-S 70-200mm 2.8 VR II on Lexar digital media