100-acre brush fire in Marion County 90% contained

Florida firefighters worked to contain multiple fires across the state

Firefighters in Marion County worked to contain an 800-acre brush fire in the southwest part of the county Friday evening.
Firefighters in Marion County worked to contain an 800-acre brush fire in the southwest part of the county Friday evening. (MCSO)

MARION COUNTY, Fla. – Firefighters in Marion County worked to contain an 800-acre brush fire in the southwest part of the county Friday evening.

The fire caused more than two dozen homes to be evacuated earlier in the day

The fire is 90% contained as of Friday evening.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office reports 80 acres were burned during the fire along with four outbuildings and a car trailer.

Deputies said two helicopters with the sheriff’s office and a helicopter with the Florida Forest Service dropped 6,300 gallons of water to douse the flames.

Law Enforcement officers said all roadblocks in the area have reopened and all residents who were asked to evacuate can return to their homes.

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The brush fire comes as Florida Forest Service and crews in Brevard and Indian River counties continue to battle a 1,600-acre brush fire. The blaze forced emergency officials to close parts of Interstate 95 throughout most of the day Friday.

Most of the state is under a high fire threat as winds and dry conditions continue to present the opportunity for brush fires.