Fla. brush fire forces evacuation of 200 homes

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LAKE WALES, Fla. (AP) - Polk County officials have issued a
mandatory evacuation order for 200 homes and have whisked 50
children away from a camp near a brush fire that's scorched 200
acres in central Florida.

About 70 firefighters from several agencies are battling the
fire in Lake Wales. Officials issued a reverse 911 call for the
home evacuations. The 50 children were being taken from a Lions
Camp to a nearby Red Cross shelter.

The shelter was set up at a recreation center.

Officials say windy conditions could fuel the fire's spread in
an area that has seen little rainfall this season.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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