Residents return home after Polk County brush fire contained

Brush fire prompts evacuations in Polk County

The fire is reportedly spreading east toward the Osceola County line.

A brush fire spanning thousands of acres that forced the evacuation of at least 800 homes near Indian Lake Estates is contained but is not completely put out, according to state authorities.

Winds are pushing the fire away from the Indian Lakes Estates property, but people in the River Ranch Hunt Club area are being told to vacate the camps.

Strong winds made the fire hard to control.

"Some of the fire was over 10 feet high right on the shoulder of the road", said witness Chris Edwards, who drove through the smoke Wednesday.

'It's not really normal this year but all the conditions together are flawless for fires'.

The Polk County Fire Rescue and Florida Forest Service is still engaged in putting out the fire near 7200 Highway 630 E in Frostproof.




It is unclear how the fire started.

Richard Jones told WTSP: 'I'm just thankful I'm still walking.

Brush fires have also sparked in Brevard, Flagler and Seminole counties.

While rain on Wednesday evening helped extinguish the flames, firefighters are still working on Thursday morning.

As of 3 p.m., one house was damaged in the blaze, officials said.

There was property damage along CR 630 and SR 60. Several pets have reportedly died.

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