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Posted: 1:10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017

Residents return home after Polk County brush fire contained

Frostproof brush fire

By Joe Ruble and AP

The Associated Press contributed to this story


Hundreds of residents are back in their homes after fire crews contained a brush fire spread over some 2,000 acres in central Florida. At least one house was destroyed by the fire.

The fire broke out near Indian Lake Estates in Frostproof on Wednesday afternoon.

That's when officials started knocking on some 800 doors, telling residents they should evacuate for their safety.

Polk County spokesman Kevin Watler said in an email sent early Thursday that said residents have been allowed to return to their homes, but that State Road 60 and County Road 630 remain closed because of the fire.

Fire Chief Tony Stravino said that some people chose to stay in their homes, but most heeded the warning to leave.

One evacuee, Amber Brazee, told The Ledger that "I was told to leave immediately so I grabbed what I could and got myself and my kids out of there."




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