Crews battling brush fires across Central Florida

Credit WFLA

Polk County Fire Rescue said the blaze has burned through 1,500 to 1,600 acres in the Indian Lake Estates area near 7200 Highway 630.

Multiple homes and hunting camps were damaged, Authorities and residents are now using daybreak to assess how many were damage.

Nine mobile homes and two single family homes were destroyed in the almost 2,000 acres brush fire that swept through the Indian Lake Estates Wednesday, according the preliminary reports from assessment crews.

The Indian Lake Estates fire is contained, but not extinguished.

"Some of the fire was over 10 feet high right on the shoulder of the road", said witness Chris Edwards, who drove through the smoke Wednesday.

"I'm just thankful I'm still walking", said fire victim Richard Jones.

SR-60 is back open and County Road 630 is expected to open later Thursday morning.

The Florida Forest Service said the fire is one of 20 new wild fires that has sparked across the state Wednesday. But fire crews are continuing to monitor the situation and fight the continuing hot spots.

Frazier said it's unclear how the fires started but officials will be investigating.

Thankfully, no injuries were reported in the fire.

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