Marion residents evacuated because of brush fire

300 acre fire in the Ocala National Firest

Author: Lisa McDonald, Assignment Editor, lmcdonald@wkmg.com
Published On: Mar 02 2013 06:07:11 PM EST   Updated On: Mar 04 2013 06:01:36 AM EST
MARION COUNTY, Fla. -

Marion County firefighters, along with the U.S. Division of Forestry was working a 300 acre brush fire near Lake George Saturday.

Firefighters said they were battling a 300-acre brush fire located within Hopkins Prairie section of the Ocala National Forest south of Salt Springs.

Firefighteres said approximately 15 homes were in danger at the fire’s outbreak and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office is assisting in evacuating residents along Highway 19 from Forest Road 54 to Forest Road 33.

Firefighters said low humidity and high winds made the Hopkins Prairie fire fast moving and unpredictable.

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