JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Burned, charred woods are an all too familiar sight for Marshall and Elizabeth Foltz. They live across the street from Pumpkin Hill State Preserve.
"I've seen them doing prescribed burns before, so it's nothing new to see them burning out there, just not out of control though," Marshall Foltz said.
This time, it is out of control. Nearly 400 acres went up in flames, leaving behind heavy smoke and vigilant firefighters.
"The roads are really sandy back there," Mike Work, Area Supervisor for the Florida Forest Service, said.
Elizabeth Foltz was forced to re-route Tuesday night.
"I didn't really know if I was going to be able to get home. I just hung out on the Southside for a little bit and tried to avoid everything," she said.
Crews expect to get things under control by sundown. Foltz says she hopes so, and she also hopes fire officials stay away from prescribed burns for quite awhile.
"I hope they don't decide to do anymore anytime soon because clearly they did the job this time."
Although people can come and go as they please, fire officials suggest people stay inside, especially if they have breathing problems.
Crews tell Action News the 400-acre fire is 90% contained.