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Marion County Wildfire Causes Evacuations

Image: Marion County Fire Rescue
Image: Marion County Fire Rescue

Residents are back home after a fast-moving wildfire in the Ocala National Forest forced them to evacuate Wednesday. As of 6 a.m Thursday, the fire had been reduced to about 500 acres.

Officials say dozens of homes were evacuated Wednesday afternoon as the fire grew to about 750 acres.

The fire was caused by lightning hitting a power line during a small thunderstorm.  

Hot, dry conditions have created ideal conditions for wildfires, and firefighters say homeowners need to be prepared.

Marion County Fire Rescue says forestry units are on scene all day. They’re also advising drivers to use caution while traveling in the area in case of residual smoke.

Firefighters say it may take a heavy rainstorm to put out this fire out for good.

After a brief stint as Morning Edition Producer at The Public’s Radio in Rhode Island, Talia Blake returned to Central Florida Public Media. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with degrees in both Broadcast Journalism and Psychology. While at UCF, she was an intern for Central Florida’s public affairs show, Intersection. She joined on as Morning Edition Host in 2019. In 2022, Ms. Blake was appointed to the Florida Association of Broadcast Journalist’s board of directors.