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Updated: 05/19/2017 03:44:01PM

Heavy winds fan new Glades fire

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COURTESY GRAPHIC/FLORIDA FOREST SERVICE

On Thursday, the third fire in a week broke out in a heavily-wooded and extremely dry parcel between Venus and Harrisburg. High winds and dry vegetation made a difficult fire to fight on the ground, which quickly grew from 50 to 300 acres.

COURTESY PHOTO/FLORIDA FOREST SERVICE

A photo from a fixed-wing aircraft shows the extent of a wildfire that ignited Thursday afternoon between Venus and Harrisburg. The 300-acre blaze was fanned by 17-mph winds and fueled by thick underbrush.

COURTESY PHOTO/FLORIDA FOREST SERVICE

A photo from a fixed-wing aircraft shows the extent of a wildfire that ingnited Thursday afternoon between Venus and Harrisburg. The 300-acre blaze was fanned by 17-mph winds and fueled by thick underbrush.

By PHIL ATTINGER

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SEBRING — A blaze near Venus, fueled by thick vegetation and fanned by heavy winds, broke out Thursday afternoon from 50 acres to 300.

It was 90 percent contained by Friday afternoon, but still very hot, according to Melissa Yunas, wildfire mitigation specialist with the Florida Forest Service. It was fanned by 17 mph winds Thursday afternoon.

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