- Evacuation orders have been lifted for communities threatened by the brush fire that began Wednesday, and roads have been reopened.
The Indian Lake Estates fire is contained, but not extinguished.
The Polk County Fire Chief said about 800 homes have been evacuated, according to WFTV's ABC affiliate in Tampa.
Strong winds stoked the fires and heavy smoke shut down several roads.More news: The latest American Girl doll is a boy - Western Mass News - WGGB/WSHM
Frazier said it's unclear how the fires started but officials will be investigating.
Polk County Fire Rescue and Florida Forest Service have crews on standby should the fire intensify or break out of its boundaries.
'It's not really normal this year but all the conditions together are ideal for fires'.
Around 800 homes are being evacuated due to a brush fire spanning hundreds of acres near Indian Lake Estates. I can replace that stuff but I can't replace myself'.More news: 'Unqualified, ill-tempered': former diplomats condemn Trump's Israel ambassador choice
SR-60 is back open and County Road 630 is expected to open later Thursday morning.
Brush fires have also sparked in Brevard, Flagler and Seminole counties.
One home has been reportedly damaged, according to PCFR's Facebook account.
Officials are still determining how much property and structural damage has been caused.More news: Can repeatedly heading a football lead to dementia?