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Updated: 03/06/2018 08:30:01AM

Muck fire causes driving hazard

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PROVIDED BY KATHY AND BOB RABATIE
One of many fires that broke out in Southwest Florida last month. The forecast calls for April to also have many blazes. Florida Forest Service and other agencies fought this muck fire in Sebring that kept flaring up.

COURTESY PHOTO/KATHY and BOB RABATIE

The view from the back porch of Kathy and Bob Rabatie of Mini Ranch Road in Sebring shows a muck fire that burned into the night on Saturday. It rekindled twice, on Sunday and again on Monday, with the Florida Forest Service and local fire departments running out to soak the ground again. Forest Service officials say the fire could continue to burn a long time until moisture returns to the soil.

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Clearly visible from the opposite side of Lake Jackson, a muck fire east of Sebring on Mini Ranch Road — near Sebring Regional Airport — has rekindled on Monday afternoon, the second rekindle since the fire started on Saturday. The cause, said Melissa Yunas with the Florida Forest Service was an unauthorized debris burn.

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COURTESY GRAPHIC/FLORIDA FOREST SERVICE

COURTESY GRAPHIC/FLORIDA FOREST SERVICE

A map from the Florida Forest Service indicates the spot where a muck fire sparked off Mini Ranch Road in Sebring, not far from Sebring Regional Airport. Florida Forest Service officials said it started from an unauthorized debris burn.

By PHIL ATTINGER

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SEBRING — Kathy and Bob Rabatie had a fire behind their home Saturday and couldn’t thank firefighters enough for protecting them.

“They stayed with all of us who were closest to the flames, ready to hose down roofs or trees that may have caught fire from the floating embers,” Kathy Rabatie of Mini Ranch Road wrote in an email Sunday. “They were very comforting, and I’m proud of all of them for doing such a good job keeping that fire at bay with firebreaks.”

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