CBS: Why was burn permit issued in Martin County with a windy forecast?


What started as a 150-acre prescribed burn in Atlantic Ridge got out of control due to strong winds. It happened near State Road 76 and Pratt Whitney Road in Stuart, closing down parts of the Turnpike on Wednesday. The Florida Forest Service tells CBS12 that the agricultural pile burn was approved that morning despite a warning from the National Weather Service of gusty winds.

South Fork High School was evacuated. The fire jumped the interstate and parts of the Turnpike. Southbound lanes of the interstate were also shut down. The Florida Highway Patrol diverted traffic off of the Turnpike at Martin Downs Boulevard.

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