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Updated: 03/07/2018 08:30:01AM

Muck fire grows to 300 acres

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COURTESY PHOTO/FLORIDA FOREST SERVICE

A fire line on Monday afternoon comes within 20 feet of a home on Moon Ranch Road while Highlands County Fire Services protects the home and three others. The Mini Ranch Road muck fire has spread from an original 40 acres over the weekend to 300 acres as of Tuesday afternoon, according to the Florida Forest Service.

COURTESY PHOTO/FLORIDA FOREST SERVICE

Josh Watkins, senior forest ranger/wildland firefighter for the Florida Forest Service, relays radio information Monday while on the fire line of the Mini Ranch Road fire in Sebring. The small muck fire, which was 125 acres on Monday, fanned by afternoon winds, grew to 300 acres by Tuesday afternoon.

COURTESY PHOTO/FLORIDA FOREST SERVICE

A Florida Forest Service brush truck patrols a fire line Monday afternoon as the Mini Ranch Road muck fire starts to flare up to 125 acres. By Tuesday afternoon, the fire had grown to 300 acres.

COURTESY GRAPHIC/FLORIDA FOREST SERVICE

The Florida Forestry Service said unauthorized debris burning lead to the Mini Ranch Road muck fire, still burning near the Sebring Regional Airport. Any burning, if approved, must be a pile no wider than 8 feet, set at least 25 feet from a house, 25 feet from any woods or structures, 50 feet from paved public roads and 150 feet from other occupied buildings: Businesses or homes.

COURTESY PHOTO/FLORIDA FOREST SERVICE

Joe DeBree, Forest Area Supervisor for the Forestry office in Okeechobee, gets on a hose at the Mini Ranch Road muck fire in Sebring.

By PHIL ATTINGER

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SEBRING — The Mini Ranch Road muck fire threatened four homes Monday, grew to 220 acres overnight and sent smoke over downtown Sebring Tuesday.

By 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, it had grown to 300 acres with only 40 percent contained, said Forest Service Public Information Officer Melissa Yunas.

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