Bees sting four hunters and a dog

Hunting party ATV drove over a nest in southwest Palm Beach County

A hunting party of four and their dog were stung by a swarm of bees after driving over a nest in an all-terrain vehicle in southwest Palm Beach County, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

At least one woman was in the hunting party in the Holey Land Wildlife Management Area on Friday, FWC spokeswoman Gabriella Ferraro said.

The four people got stung about 15 times each but their dog got the worst of it, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Captain Don DeLucia.

“Really the victim is the dog [because the bees] stung the dog multiple times but the dog appears to be recovering,” Ferraro said. “They are not sending it to a veterinarian and they refused medical treatment themselves.”

It’s ‘general gun season’ with hogs, armadillos, raccoons, migratory birds, coyotes, squirrels, rabbits and quail among the game being hunted, Ferraro said.

Authorities could not identify the type of bees that swarmed the hunters.

Fire contained near brevard preschool, bees send firefighters to hospital

Firefighters said they’re continuing to monitor a brush fire that was reported near Mustard Seed Kidz Preschool.

Firefighters have cleared the scene of a brush fire that was reported near a West Melbourne preschool on Wednesday.

The fire was reported about 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, in a wooded area between the Mustard Seed Kidz Preschool and Quail Run Mobile Home Estates on Eber Road, Brevard County Fire Rescue Lt. Jeff Taylor said.

About 10:20 p.m., Taylor said crews had cleared the scene. In a statement, he said firefighters would “monitor the area periodically” Wednesday night, and return in the morning “to extinguish the fire completely.”

“All hot spots are located within the burn area and should pose no threat to surrounding areas,” Taylor said. “Smoky conditions are expected in the area overnight and drivers are urged to use caution if visibility is affected.”

Crews initially responding at the scene said the fire was about 50-by-50 yards, and was slow-moving. However, firefighters were hindered in their efforts to combat the blaze by a swarm of bees.

Taylor said two firefighters were transported to Holmes Regional Medical Center with multiple stings. He said one remained hospitalized in stable condition late Wednesday, while the other was able to return to the scene.

Crews called the Division of Forestry to the scene, and their combined effort was enough to contain the fire, Taylor said.

Taylor said the Florida Highway Patrol was advised that traffic on nearby Interstate 95 may be impacted by smoky conditions. However, the roadway remained open late Wednesday.