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Majority of Florida Wildfire Contained

March 04, 2013; 4:40 AM

The wildfires were almost 75 percent contained by 10 p.m. EST Saturday.

Update:

9:51 p.m. EST Saturday: Most of the evacuation orders in Florida have been lifted. At this hour, I-95 is reopened and about 75 percent of the wildfires have been contained.

5:00 p.m. EST Saturday: More than 200 acres are burning near the Flager-Volusia County line. The mandatory evacuations of 300 homes along Durrance Lane have been ordered. Interstate 95 is closed in both directions between U.S. 1 and County Road 40.

5:00 p.m. EST Saturday: The wildfire in Marion County, Fla., has spread to more than 300 acres.

A wildfire started in Marion County, Florida at about 11:45 a.m. EST Saturday.

Winds are fueling the fires and causing them to spread rapidly.

"Winds as of 2 p.m. EST are sustained at 18 mph and gusting as high as 34 mph," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Andy Mussoline.

The fire spread from five to 30-40 acres burning by 2 p.m. EST.

According to McCarty, multiple wildfires are burning in the Ocala National Forest and some structures are involved. "The fires have jumped several roads," Florida Forest Service Duty Officer David McCarty said.

"We were sending a helicopter to the fire in Marion County to assist, but recalled it after learning of the fires in the Ocala National Forest," said McCarty.


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