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Photo gallery: Massive brush fire in Polk County scorches land and homes

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While investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire, the state's abnormally dry weather — and particularly strong winds on Thursday created the perfect conditions to help form and fuel the blaze. Widespread drought conditions caused by above-average heat and minimal humidity have increased the threat of brush fires in Florida. The dry season runs through April, and more fires are possible if the below-average rain and moisture trend persists.

[Last modified: Saturday, February 18, 2017 5:16pm]

    

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