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Updated: 02/17/2017 12:17:22PM

9 mobile homes lost in brush fire

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PHOTO BY CHARLES A. BAKER III

Two hours after the fire started, it had moved east and away from Indian Lake Estates.

PHOTO BY CHARLES A. BAKER III

State Road 60 was closed in both directions between Lake Wales and Yeehaw Junction Wednesday from around noon Wednesday through overnight. Before the sun set, workers erect a warning sign.

PHOTO FROM POLK COUNTY FIRE RESCUE

A brush fire near Indian Lakes Estates Wednesday afternoon forced Polk County Fire Rescue to evacuate residents.

PHOTO BY CHARLES A. BAKER III

State Road 60 was closed in both directions between Lake Wales and Yeehaw Junction Wednesday from around noon Wednesday through overnight. Before the sun set, workers erect a warning sign.

PHOTO BY CHARLES A. BAKER III

Two hours after the fire started, it had moved east and away from Indian Lake Estates.

PHOTO FROM POLK COUNTY FIRE RESCUE

A brush fire forced Polk County Fire Rescue to evacuate residents. Blazes torched several structures two weeks ago, but in areas of Polk that are part of the state's Firewise program, no homes were lost, according to forestry officials.

By CHARLES A. BAKER III

Correspondent

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INDIAN LAKE ESTATES – The 4,000 acre brush fire near Frostproof that started Wednesday is still active and has so far destroyed nine mobile homes, two single family homes and at least 100 hunt camps. There were no fatalities except for a dog. State Road 60 has been shut down for much of the past two days.

The cross-state highway was reopened Friday morning shortly after 9 a.m.

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