A set of brush fires in Polk, Brevard, Seminole and Orange counties burned through a total of hundreds of acres Wednesday, officials said.
The largest of the fires was in Polk County, where a blaze spread across nearly 2,000 of acres and caused the evacuation of the entire Indian Lake Estates community, south of Hesperides Road and miles west of the Polk-Osceola county line, officials said.
Strong winds made the fire hard to control.
Fire crews used bulldozers and helicopters to help battle the fire, Polk County Fire Rescue said. Evening rain also helped douse the fire, but hot spots remained Thursday morning.
At least one house was damaged in the blaze, officials said. Crews were expected to continue assessing the damage Thursday.
Fire officials said some pets might have gotten caught in the blaze, but the number and extent of their injuries wasn’t known early Thursday morning.
In Brevard County, crews were able to control a 50-acre brush fire near Palm Bay, the Florida Forest Service said. They also were working Thursday morning to contain a fire in Flagler County that burned more than 400 acres overnight and shut down a local road.Read More...
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