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Updated: 05/19/2017 08:30:01AM

Highway Park wildfire contained

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COURTESY GRAPHIC/FLORIDA FOREST SERVICE

A map from the Florida Forest Service shows the location of a fire that started at 12:28 p.m. Wednesday in an abandoned grove in Lake Placid, on the north end of Highway Park. No cause is known. Firefighters were not able to contain the blaze in the first three hours.

By PHIL ATTINGER

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LAKE PLACID — Burning yard trash was the cause of a five-acre wildfire that threatened nine homes in Highway Park on Wednesday.

Firefighters contained the wildfire, which started at 12:28 p.m. in an abandoned grove off E.A. Smith Avenue in the Highway Park subdivision, south of Lake Placid. Firefighters had the blaze out at approximately 4 p.m., after also protecting nearby homes from stray sparks.

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