Large brush fire forces evacuation of 800 homes in Polk

Posted February 17, 2017

Crews also battled brush fires in Seminole and Orange counties Wednesday afternoon.

In Brevard County, crews were able to control a 50-acre brush fire near Palm Bay, the Florida Forest Service said.

Multiple homes and hunting camps were damaged, Authorities and residents are now using daybreak to assess how many were damage.

The evacuation order for Indian Lake Estates residents has been lifted after 2,000 acres burned from a brush fire in the Polk County community.

The blaze ripped through more than 2,000 acres on both sides of Highway 630 overnight, burning through homes and power lines. At least one house was destroyed by the fire.

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The Indian Lake Estates fire is contained, but not extinguished. I can replace that stuff but I can't replace myself'.

Firefighters were extinguishing hot spots as late as 5 a.m. Thursday.

It is unclear why the fires started, but Cliff Frazier, a Florida Forest Service spokesman told the Orlando Sentinel: 'The low humidity, dry conditions and high-wind speeds today are the flawless recipe.

SR-60 is back open and County Road 630 is expected to open later Thursday morning.

Thankfully, no injuries were reported in the fire.