Brushfire roars through 200 acres in Orange Springs

Published: Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 10:07 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 10:07 p.m.

Firefighters from several agencies battled a 200-acre brush fire in Orange Springs Sunday afternoon, containing the flames before they could reach nearby structures, authorities said.

The 3 p.m fire started on Northeast 212th Street Road off County Road 315 in a heavily forested and sparsely populated area.

Fire officials said they were concerned about two structures in the area, but they were able to save them, in addition to the 12 homes in the region. No homes or people were affected by the fire.

The fire was contained by firefighters from the Marion County Fire Rescue, Marion County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Forest Service by around 7 p.m., according to a spokesperson from the MCFR.

The cause of the fire was unknown, but officials believe the blaze may have been started for two reasons: There was a 25-acre brush fire and a lightning storm in the same area last week and the remnants of either could have ignited another fire.

All 12 units of the Marion County Fire Rescue – a total of 40 firefighters – were at the scene to stave off flames that were reportedly up to 50 feet high in some areas. Sheriff’s officials were at the scene to help residents who might have wanted to evacuate the area. Florida Forest Service helped contain the fire by air.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office had units in the area to do spot checks to make sure the fire didn't start up again. Fire rescue officials warned drivers to beware of possible low visibility along Highways 315 and 318.

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