Large Brushfire Rages Atop Mt. Eve

Oct 28, 2013


VILLAGE OF FLORIDA – It took firefighters from 18 departments two days to bring a 50-acre mountaintop brush fire under control in the Village of Florida this weekend.

The fire on top of Mt. Eve broke out Saturday afternoon. Firefighters worked until dark and resumed Sunday morning.  "They were finally successful, for the most part," said Florida Fire Chief Joseph Bankston.

“It was knocked down very well," Bankston said Sunday evening.  "We created some fire lines.”

How much brush was still burning was unknown, but was turned over to state forest rangers.

“Hopefully it was knocked down enough that they won’t need us and they can send in their small crews,” Bankston said.

State Police helicopters were brought in to drop water on the fire.

Some 120 firefighters battled the fire. No structures were involved and there were no injuries.