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Florida brush fire prompts evacuations

By CNN Staff
updated 10:57 PM EST, Sat March 2, 2013
Firefighters seek to contain a portion of the blaze in Volusia County.
Firefighters seek to contain a portion of the blaze in Volusia County.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Fire 75% contained late Saturday; many allowed back home
  • NEW: Interstate 95 in Volusia County is reopened
  • The fire is burning near Daytona Beach
  • High winds and low humidity are helping the fire move quickly

(CNN) -- A fast-moving brush fire near Daytona Beach at one point forced the evacuation of 300 homes and spread to 1,000 acres Saturday, Greg Dunn of the Florida Forest Service said.

By late Saturday, the blaze was 75% contained and occupants of most of the homes were allowed to return.

Interstate 95 in Volusia County reopened after it was closed in both directions because of the fire and poor visibility, authorities said.

Thick smoke rose from the fast-moving fire, which was being fueled by high winds and low humidity, Dunn said, adding he expects the same conditions Sunday.

Firefighters from Volusia and Flagler counties, the state forest service and all city fire departments were working to fight the fire, the Volusia County government website said.

By Saturday evening, the fire had destroyed two structures -- a barn and a chicken coop, Dunn said.

Volusia County Animal Control was helping to evacuate horses and other large animals from the area, the county government said.

CNN's Janet DiGiacomo and Melissa Gray contributed to this report.

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