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Updated: 05/19/2017 08:30:02AM

Blaze catches on Avon Park AFR

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COURTESY PHOTO/FLORIDA FOREST SERVICE

A wide-angle photograph shows open land, piney flatwoods and scrub burning Wednesday night on the Avon Park Air Force Range. No cause has been found yet for the blaze which has burned or affected approximately 8,000 acres.

COURTESY PHOTO/FLORIDA FOREST SERVICE

A zoomed-in photograph shows open land, piney flatwoods and scrub burning Wednesday night on the Avon Park Air Force Range. No cause has been found yet for the blaze which has burned or affected approximately 8,000 acres.

By PHIL ATTINGER

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AVON PARK — Despite a night of fighting, fire crews still had not contained an approximate 8,000-acre wildfire on the Avon Park Air Force Range by Thursday afternoon.

Florida Forest Service, which assisted the Avon Park Bombing Range Fire Department, reported that firefighting efforts had to contend with the complication of a potential thousands of unexploded ordnance in the woods. Bulldozers were not able to access parts of the fire, so fire strike teams back-burned the woods to create fire breaks.

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