“Smokey Junior” (nick named S J) is between 15-20 lbs.
No sign of Mama Bear.
Bear cub rescued from 277-acre brush fire
Thursday, April 7, 2016
They think that they have found his mother
and will return him after he is checked out
and helped with a few little burns.
By WFTV – Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. —
Homes were evacuated and several were damaged Thursday as a brush fire grew to more than 250 acres and tore through Lake County near Paisley, Florida.
Lake County Fire Rescue officials said homes on Apricot Way in the Royal Trails section of the county were being threatened by the blaze.
Firefighters spotted and rescued a bear cub from the fire.
“You can see his hair is singed. He’s got some on his paws,” a firefighter told WFTV. “He pretty much wandered out of the woods on his own, kind of whining. No sight of mom or brother or sister or nothing else.”
Florida Fish and Wildlife officers will be evaluating the animal to make sure it’s in good health.
The fire began moving east and into open land by 6 p.m., and officials said structures were no longer in danger, although some were damaged.
Seven dozers and a brush truck were working with the Lake County Fire Department.
A road block was set up while firefighters work to contain the brush fire.
By 9:15 p.m., the fire was 100 percent contained, after reaching 277 acres.
Fire Rescue allowed residents back in their homes before dark.
No injuries have been reported.
BEAR CUB RESCUE: This little guy was rescued from a 277-acre brush fire that’s still raging in Lake County. There was no mama bear in sight, but Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is on its way to treat the cub, which has minor injuries on its paws and head. http://at.wftv.com/1qwNc5K
Posted by WFTV Channel 9 on Thursday, April 7, 2016