Forest / Wild Fire in USA on February 16 2017 04:06 AM (UTC).
A brush fire spanning hundred of acres that forced the evacuation of at least 800 homes spanning hundreds of acres near Indian Lake Estates is expected to burn through Wednesday night, according to state authorities. The Polk County Fire Rescue and Florida Forest Service is still engaged in putting out the fire near 7200 Highway 630 E in Frostproof. No injuries have been reported, but authorities said that due to the existing evacuation order residents in the Indian Lake Estates would not be allowed to return to their homes Wednesday night. Fire officials said they would provide an update at noon Thursday on the status of the evacuation order. Firefighters and law enforcement will remain on the scene overnight to monitor the situation. Officials say rain has helped crews, but the fire has the potential to reignite as Thursday warms up and humidity goes down. The evacuation order is for all Indian Lakes Estates residents and the public is being asked to avoid the area. Reverse 911 is being used to inform residents that they must leave their homes. An additional evacuation order has been issued for River Ranch Hunting Club near the Kissimmee River, according to PCFR.