Ag. Commissioner Adam Putnam to view Polk brush fire damage

(Source: Polk Fire Rescue on Facebook)

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — Today, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is viewing damage caused by the brush fire in Polk County.

The wildfires raged through the River Ranch Hunt Club and the Indian Lake Estates area of Polk County, causing widespread damage.

The brush fire has already burned more than 4,000 acres and officials expect more devastation.

So far, nine mobile homes have burned, two single-family homes are ruined, several cars have caught fire and one dog has died.

This is the third day that crews have worked around the clock to fight this wildfire and crews from other counties have been called in to help.

The area is extremely smoky and foggy and the Florida Highway Patrol cautions all drivers in the area. County Road 630 and State Route 60 were closed earlier Friday morning, but have since reopened.

800 homes were ordered to evacuate on Wednesday because of the fire. Residents were allowed to return on Thursday.


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