Firefighters Protecting Interstate From Brush Fire

Firefighters Protecting Interstate From Brush Fire

8 January 2008

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Polk City, USA — A controlled burn got out of hand Tuesday near Polk City, burning nearly 250 acres of a Wildlife Management Area and a Division of Forestry bulldozer.

Brush fires are likely to be an increasing occurance as tinderbox conditions continue to rise throughout the drought-ridden state.

There were no injuries or structures burned due to the fire, said Kristin Guira, a spokeswoman for the Polk County Fire Department. No structures have been damaged so far.

Firefighters from Polk County, Lake Alfred, Division of Forestry and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission were dispatched to the scene shortly before noon Tuesday. By 4:30 p.m., the main 230-acre fire was about 90 percent contained, while a smaller 20-acre spot fire was only 25 percent contained, Guira said.

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