Florida Forest Service: 50 acre wildfire in Sebring now 100% contained

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Photo of 50 acre wildfire in East Sebring Hills. 3/21/2013- Courtesy of 10 News viewer, Bill Long

 


 


Sebring, Florida-- UPDATE: A Florida Forest Service report sent just after 7:30 p.m. Thursday says the 50 acre wildfire has been 100 percent contained.

State Wildland Firefighters and County Firefighters will continue the "mop-up process" tonight, and the Florida Forest Service will return tomorrow around 9 a.m. to do the same. 

The report says crews will monitor the area tomorrow, especially around 2 p.m.- reportedly the "driest time of day"- to ensure the fire remains contained.

The report stresses that while the fire is "contained", it will not be "controlled", or "dead out" for a few days.

Due to the size of the fire, and its close proximity to homes, the report says crews will monitor and mop up the area to ensure the flames do not rekindle. 

PREVIOUS INFORMATION:


Multiple fire crews arrived to the scene of a 50 acre wildfire in East Sebring Hills, the Florida Forest Service announced around 6 p.m. Thursday.

According to preliminary reports, the flames sparked just before 5 p.m., and now threaten a total of six homes south of Quail Avenue and north of Duffer Loop. One home has already been evacuated. 

GALLERY: Photos of the flames here 

Fire Department Engines are reportedly staged around the homes for structure protection.

As for tackling the fire, officials say they have used Florida Forest Service dozers to create "control lines" around the perimeter. The dozers strip the vegetation, or "fuel" that enables the fire to spread.

Reports say crews started working behind the homes first, and plan to work all the way around the fire from there. 

A helicopter is also dropping water from nearby canals, lakes or waterways.

10 News will continue with updates as they become available. 

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